The wrecksite has (finally!) obtained the rights to publish charts from Belgium
, The Netherlands
, South Africa
We hope to have approval soon from Portugal
and especially France
This means that we will publish the charts of these hydrographic offices and that many charts from the UKHO will be updated,
as we can now show some areas that were previously blank.
We have already updated and entered new charts for The Netherlands and Belgium, with still more to come.
As soon as we have agreement with the SHOM (France), we will be able to show all charts and remove white spaces on our charts
of the English channel.
2) New chart accuracy and technology
While we had to overhaul all maritime charts of the wrecksite, we have re-engineered this software and have decided to go for maximum quality.
The wreck site is the world largest online wreck database, we have 78.670 wrecks and 77.020 positions, 10.210 images, 537 maritime charts, 11.580 ship owners and builders and a lot more...
Visitors who want to help and see more data, have to subscribe. (free)
Visitors who want to see 194 maritime charts in detail and +26.520 wreck data that we have from the UK Hydrographic Office, may contribute 25€/year.
Previously, the charts of the site were approx. 25 megapixels. They are now being reworked to 100 megapixels, giving you clearer and sharper charts.
On average, a chart will be 75-100 times the size of your screen
While one may expect this to slow down the download, it is not. It is even faster, as we are now using TIF/PNG format instead of JPEG.
3) New features of the wrecksite.
Just a listing of what's new:
- 4 x faster loading of the chart's layers
- increase of maximum no. of wrecks per chart from 2.200 to 4.200
- the display area in charts can now be customized and the site offers you to remember your display settings for your next visit.
(E.g. switch legend off, always show list of wrecks, etc)
- wrecks that are 'dead (not found)' or 'lifted' now show different on the charts
- distance tool on charts now includes measurement in metres and kilometres and higher accuracy
- on-line translation of text in foreign languages on the wreck's page. (using Google translate)
- search for ex-names of ships
- export facility of your marks from the wrecksite to excel for your navigator. (paying members)
4) New feature (in development):
We are now working on software that will remember where you were on a chart and in what zoom, so that,
when you return to the chart, the site will show you the situation as it was, before you moved away from the chart.
Finally, we want to take this opportunity to especially thank the UKHO
, who has done a very nice job on the new custodian agreements and
(flemish maritme institute) for upgrading our server with 2 Gb RAM.