Cornes and GNS join forces to create a global digital navigation and data analytics leader

Phoenix today announces that GNS, the maritime technology company, has been acquired by Cornes Chart Group, a leading charts business. The combination of the two companies creates the largest provider of navigation software, data and products in the world serving more than 10,000 vessels.

The transaction builds on and is a natural extension of the already close working relationship between the two companies that has been established over many years in areas such as navigation management software and digital service delivery. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Kensaku Watari, CEO of Cornes, said, “We are very pleased to be able to welcome GNS and its employees into the Cornes Group. Cornes is one of the leading charts businesses in the world. GNS has the highest quality software in the sector and is pioneering the use of data analytics in the delivery of digital solutions to its customers. There is a great geographic fit between the two businesses and Cornes looks forward to investing in GNS and developing the customer proposition even further in the coming years.”

Paul Stanley, CEO of GNS, said, “Over the last 4 years GNS has invested heavily in developing the market leading suite of digital products for marine navigation, Voyager. GNS’s combination with Cornes will accelerate the development of Voyager and GNS’s other services and will maintain GNS’s strong culture around the safety of life at sea.”