What are the advantages of VECTOR charts?

The advantages of vector charts are as follows:
  • Chart information is in layers which allows selective display of data.
  • The display may be customized to suit the user.
  • Chart data is seamless.
  • It is possible to zoom-in without distorting the displayed data.
  • Charted objects may be interrogated to give information to the user.
  • Indications and alarms can be given when a hazardous situation, such as crossing a safety contour, occurs.
  • Objects may be shown using different symbols to those used on paper or raster charts.
  • Chart data may be shared with other equipment such as radar and ARPA.
  • Unless data content is the same, less memory is required to store data compared to a raster chart.