Overview

ADMIRALTY Digital Radio Signals (ADRS) aids ongoing safety, security and compliance by helping bridge crews to manage communications and meet reporting regulations

Part of the ADMIRALTY Digital Publication (ADP) range, each ADRS volume contains all the detail of its paper equivalents, with the added convenience of fast, accurate weekly updates and simple searching of information. These important features can save bridge crews time and reduce the risk of human error. 

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ADMIRALTY Digital Radio Signals is the world's most comprehensive and authoritative source of information on all aspects of radio communications. 

Sold as three separate applications, ADRS includes:

  • ADRS 1, 3, 4, 5 - Information to assist bridge crews in routine radio communications, receiving and providing weather reports and safety information, pollution  and quarantine reporting, as well as seeking Telemedical Assistance Services (TMAS). This application also provides detailed procedures in the event of distress or SAR incident
  • ADRS 2 - Positional and timekeeping references to aid the calculation of positions and times worldwide. Coverage includes worldwide listings of radar beacons, VHF radio-direction-finding stations, known AIS Aids to Navigation (AtoN), Radio beacons transmitting DGPS corrections, International radio time signal broadcast details and International standard and daylight saving times and dates
  • ADRS 6 - Essential information for 3,800 service locations worldwide, including detailed pilot, Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) and port information with their respective contact details and procedures

ADRS equivalents in Radio Signals Paper Publications

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To help you purchase the most suitable ADRS Areas, you can check the ADRS equivalents in Radio Signals Paper Publications.

ADRS equivalents in Radio Signals Paper Publications

Compliance

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Approved by the Flag States of over 80% of ships trading internationally, ADRS provides the same level of compliance as traditional ADMIRALTY paper-based publications for ships trading under these Flag States. Where we are aware that a Flag State Authority (FSA) has issued documentation on the acceptance of UKHO's digital nautical publications or provided guidance on their use, we have listed it in the table below. 

Important notes:

  • ​FSAs who accept UKHO's digital nautical publications, but have not issued any specific requirements, may not be listed
  • If it is not clear whether a FSA accepts UKHO's digital nautical publications as satisfying carriage requirements then shipping companies should contact their FSA or the appropriate Recognised Organisation (RO)
  • For more information and guidance on the safe and effe​ctive use of UKHO's digital ​nautical publications, please click here

  • For more information and guidance on International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements on carriage of publications on board ships please read MSC-MEPC.2/C​irc.2​​

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Specifications

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Below you'll find important information regarding compatibility. If you require further information please contact your ADMIRALTY Distributor. 

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Recommended minimum requirements​

Each ADRS application will run on any PC that meets the Microsoft recommended minimum specification for the following operating systems:

  • ​​Windows 7 (SP1) 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor, 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit), DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver​​

  • Windows 8.1 (SP1) 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor, 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit), DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver​

  • Windows 10 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor, 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit), DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver​

Operating systems should have the most recent Service Pack installed. In addition, systems will require: a DVD drive, keyboard, Microsoft mouse (or some other compatible pointing device), super VGA (800 x 600) video adapter or better with suitable monitor and at least 1GB of available disk space. 

Important notes:

  • ​Systems should be capable of receiving emails up to 1.25Mb in size

  • ADRS and other ADMIRALTY Digital Publications (ADP) can be installed on any standalone computer, which meets the hardware recommendations for the operating system installed

  • ADRS is designed to be registered to individual PCs and is not suitable for use across a network

  • We will not be in a position to support ADP on Operating Systems where Microsoft support has been withdrawn i.e. Microsoft XP​

ADMIRALTY Digital Publications Software Developer Kit (SDK) and Developer's Pack

 ​Our SDK allows you to integrate ADP into your ECDIS or application. You can find out more about the kit and how to access our technical resources on our ADMIRALTY Digital Publications SDK page.

Visit the ADMIRALTY Digital Publications SDK page

​ADP Online ​Updating Service

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We supply all ADRS customers with weekly electronic updates via Internet download, email or disc. If you are unable to take advantage of the automatic updating option for ADRS, you can get your updates using our online updating service. On this site you can download and apply updates by area to:

  • ​ADMIRALTY Digital List of Lights
  • ADMIRALTY Digital Radio Signals 1, 3, 4, 5
  • ADMIRALTY Digital Radio Signals 2
  • ​ADMIRALTY Digital Radio Signals 6
  • ​ADMIRALTY TotalTide
Access the ADP​ Online Updating Service
Support

Find information to support you in your use of ADRS

If you cannot find the answer to your questions, then whom you contact will depend on the nature of your query. Please see who to contact below for more details.

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ADP user guide

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Includes information on getting started, installation, updates, maintenance, uninstalling and other support topics.

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ADP support films

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Guides to activation, downloading updates, generating a support file and uninstalling ADRS are all available on our YouTube Channel, ADMIRALTY TV.

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Download ADP Software

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ADP software can be downloaded on our public FTP website using the following login credentials (the username and password details are case sensitive).

URL: FTP://ukho.gov.uk​
Username: ukhopublic​
Password: Public12345

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Who to contact?

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In the first instance, please contact the Distributor that you purchased ADRS from. If they are unable to help then the UKHO Customer Services Team can be contacted on customerservices@ukho.gov.uk or phone +44 (0) 1823 484444.

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How to use the ADP Updates and Software DVD

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Includes information on updating your ADP and e-Readers 1.3 and 1.4 applications using the ADP Updates and Software DVD.

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End User Licence Agreement (EULA)

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The terms and conditions for using ADMIRALTY Digital Publications.

How to buy

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Pricing

Each ADRS application is licensed on an annual basis at the following recommended retail prices, with each purchase including a second user licence for backup purposes. Please note that prices do not include VAT and other local taxes.

Publication

Each area

World coverage

Publication

ADRS 1, 3, 4, 5

Each area

£273​.00

World coverage

£564.00

Publication

ADRS 2

Each area

£68.20

World coverage

£136.40

Publication

ADRS 6

Each area

£68.20

World coverage

£613.80

Purchasing options and folio coverage

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For precise coverage and voyage flexibility, each ADRS is split into regional folios and one world folio. You can view individual folio coverage for each ADRS below.

View ADRS 1, 3, 4, 5 & ADRS 2 folio coverage

View ADRS 6 folio coverage

Discounts

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There are multiple discounts for ADRS customers who:

  • Purchase multiple licences
  • Purchase additional areas during a particular licence period

These discounts, which are outlined below, are applicable to any combination of products from the ADMIRALTY Digital Publications portfolio and are applied incrementally as the number of ADP licences a shipping company has reaches each discount threshold. If you require any further information, please contact your ADMIRALTY Distributor.

​​Fleet discount based on the total number of licences held by a single shipping company:

Number of licences

Discount

Number of licences

0-19th Licence

Discount

0%

Number of licences

20-49th licence

Discount

10%

Number of licences

50-99th licence

Discount

15%

Number of licences

100-199th licence

Discount

25%

Number of licences

200-299th licence

Discount

30%

Number of licences

300-499th licence

Discount

35%

Number of licences

​500 or more licences

Discount

40%

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Discount for additional areas purchased during the licence period:​​

Elapsed time

Discount

Elapsed time

0-3 months

Discount

​0%

Elapsed time

​4-6 months

Discount

25%

Elapsed time

​7-9 months

Discount

50%

Elapsed time

​10-12 months

Discount

75%

Choosing, ordering and managing your ADRS Licence

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ADRS is sold through an international network of experienced and trusted distributors. Please contact your ADMIRALTY Distributor to discuss the right package of charts for you and the appropriate pricing model.

If you don’t have a preferred distributor, then you can search a list of worldwide ADMIRALTY Distributors on our find an ADMIRALTY Distributor page. ​
 

Find an ADMIRALTY Distributor
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The ADMIRALTY Digital Catalogue (ADC) can also provide you with a comprehensive and up-to-date reference of current ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions, with functionality that allows you to search for products by type, scale or a defined route.​​

Find out more about the ADC