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Taking the hassle out of navigational compliance. We look after all your onboard requirements to ensure you are ready to set sail. Navigate with ChartWorld.

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Steven Schootbrugge

CEO

After 20 years in the maritime digital navigation industry – the last six with Chartworld – I am honoured to lead a team of over 100 people with a combined 1000 years of maritime and business experience. This remarkable assembly of industry talent has resulted in ChartWorld becoming the largest company in the world to solely focus on digital navigation.

Our continued focus on innovative customer solutions, delivered and supported by our experts, will allow us to shape digital navigation long into the future. Our emphasis on world-class service and a unique value proposition will continue to set us apart.

I have never been prouder to work in the marine industry and look forward to challenging the status quo with our next industry-shaping solutions and services.

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Oliver Schwarz

Oliver Schwarz

Business Development Director

Today ChartWorld is operating out of offices in Limassol, Singapore, Tokyo and Hamburg. We are one of the top five manufacturers of electronic chart display information systems in the world. In my responsibility as business development director, I predominantly see my role as a moderator between the demands of our sales department and the capability of our research and development team.

I have spent my entire professional career in the international maritime industry. I have had the privilege of gaining experience and knowledge across all aspects of building and leading a sales team for a very technologically advanced and diversified product range.

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Friedhelm Moggert Kägeler

Head of Product Management

I joined ChartWorld in 2000 and now head the company’s product management division. I am a recognised expert in electronic chart production and related International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Standards, regularly representing ChartWorld at IHO working group meetings, industry conferences, and exhibitions.

 

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Holger Bothien

Head of Software Design

I lead ChartWorld’s software design and development team for SDK Nautilus. I am a navigation officer by training, although my career has focused on software development and research. My role is to develop our world-leading research and development into systems that solve the navigation problems faced by seafarers and that are easy to use.

Since 1997 I have been involved in the standardisation work of the International Hydrographic Organization and was involved in the development and maintenance of the S-57 standard. I am an expert in data modelling and encapsulation formats; these were particularly relevant to the development of the framework for digital hydrographic data, known as S-100.

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Emma Wise

Global Sales

Although I've never sailed, I started my career as a marine cartographer 14 years ago. Having been through the paper-to-digital transition myself, I can relate to the challenges mariners are facing today. Over the last six years at ChartWorld, most of that time spent in Asia, I have enjoyed working for a company that has built solutions for todayꞌs and tomorrowꞌs mariners.

Each day, our global sales team is making promises that we can deliver on, thanks to the innovative solutions being developed in-house and the expertise we have within our organisation.

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Andrey Vorobiev

Chief Technical Officer & Director

I am the chief technical officer of ChartWorld Group (CTO) and the technical director at Chartworld GmbH. My area of responsibility is ChartWorld’s overall research and development and product management - the whole onboard system in front of our client seafarers.

Having served at sea as a nautical officer, I moved ashore and started a career in digital navigation. I was chief design engineer of the world’s first ever type-approved ECDIS: NaviSailor 2400ECDIS. In addition, I have contributed to the development of the international electronic navigation standards (International Hydrographic Organization, IEC*). 

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Ralf Lehnert

Ralf Lehnert

Director Navigation Solutions (AFNI)

My maritime career began when I was six, as I enjoyed sailing on the river Elbe in an Optimist dinghy. My love and passion for the sea were born; as a result, after finishing school I decided to join the Navy, where I served as a seagoing Deck Officer on-board minesweepers until 1995.

I started in marine electronics in 1996, focussing on GMDSS, Radar and GPS; joining Transas Marine in 1999, I worked with ECS & ECDIS; there, I ultimately found myself deeply involved in maritime simulation. In this position I gained a deep understanding on maritime standards for training, bridge regulations and interfaces, ship handling and hydrodynamics; I also gained expertise on the requirements of digital shipping for todays seafarers and those of the future.

In 2018 I joined SevenCs / Chartworld as Director Navigation Solutions; since then, I am responsible for the companys onBoard Solutions and Chart Kernel Solutions; this gives me the platform to be a passionate driving force for safe and efficient navigation.

 

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