S-57 Composer

Next-Generation Desktop Electronic Chart Production

S-57 Composer is a next-generation desktop application for the production of electronic navigational products, including Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC), Additional Military Layers (AML), Inland ENC (IENC) and Digital Nautical Charts (DNC).

By utilizing S-57 Composer, desktop users now have access to the same robust object creation and editing tools that exist in HPD. The successor to the long-trusted CARIS HOM ENC and HOM AML products, S-57 Composer delivers a highly intuitive workflow for creation of any official or customized product.

The application includes support for creating ENC 3.1 (3.1.1 & 3.1.2), AML (1.0, 2.1 & 3.0) and IENC (2.1, 2.2 & 2.3). Generation of Marine Information Overlays (MIO) and specialty products such as Bathymetric ENCs, Digital Survey Sheets and Pilot Charts are also possible. VPF DNC, AML and TOD production is available with an optional license extension.

S-57 Composer is the most modern and widely used application on the market for desktop electronic chart production. In support of the new S-100 data standard, users can now create S-100 products in S-57 Composer. Users can gain familiarity with the new complex and multiplicity attribute types, work with information types, assign S-100 portrayal to features, convert ENC and DNC to S-101 and work with the expanding registry of S-100 product specifications.

Feature Highlights

Here are the top new features in the latest release of S-57 Composer

S-58 Edition 6.0 Support

S-57 Composer now supports ENC validation based on the new S-58 Edition 6.0 (May 2017) Standard.

  • S-57 Composer’s internal and customized quality control tests have been reorganized, rewritten and extended to match S-58 Edition 6.0.
  • New check messages have been added to tests and the descriptions were re-worded to add clarity.
  • New test collections have been created to quickly determine if an ENC passes the mandatory Error and Warning checks.
  • S-57 Composer’s comprehensive validation reporting tools allow you to evaluate, view and resolve any issues present in an ENC created in CARIS or a third party ENC production software.

S-100 Product Support and Enhancements

An S-100 product creation wizard leads you through the initial creation of S-100 products including:

  • S-101 ENC
  • S-121 Maritime Boundaries
  • S-411 Sea Ice Coverage

The attributes and spatial attributes grids support the creation, viewing and editing of S-100 complex attributes and attributes with multiplicity of values.

  • Revisions have been made to the S-101 catalogue to make it compliant with the latest S-101 DCEG (March 2016).
  • S-57 to S-101 Mapping has been revised to match these changes.
  • A new S-101 to S-57 Mapping has been added to enable conversion of S-101 datasets back to the current S-57 standard.

S-100 products can be exported to ISO/IEC8211 for S-101 ENC’s and S-100 GML for S-100 overlay and custom products.

A full list of enhancements is available to subscription members on the CARIS Customer Support site.

Technical Specifications

S-57 Composer



Dual or Quad-core Processor


2 GB of RAM


1 GB available for installation


NVidia® or AMD® display adapter with 8MB of memory or greater

Operating System

Windows® 10 Professional 64-bit or Windows 7® Professional 64-bit with SP1

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