How does PAYS work?
PAYS uses shore-based vessel tracking and each vessel is supplied with a satellite GPS antenna. The antenna simply needs a view of the sky and connecting to a 9-32V DC power supply. No other software of internet connection is required.
At pre-programmed intervals, the antenna transmits position reports via satellite (Inmarsat).
As position data becomes available, it is collected from the antenna and stored in a database. The database is automatically analysed and reported back to the ENC server or the shipping company.
Any existing ECDIS on the vessel can continue to be used as normal; and it will now have access to the full PAYS portfolio of charts.
PAYS can be used on ECS – Non-approved ECDIS as long as it is using ENC charts.