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Anyone know how to open the Electronic nautical chart S-57 data by using GIS software e.g. Arcview, QGIS? and converted it to general GIS / CAD formats.

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If your question is simply about viewing the S57 files (extension .000), then you will be happy that GDAL supports that format for reading files. As a result any software using GDAL, like Qgis, can open S57 files. See Also see for a very nice Opensource navigation software.

If you want to write to S57, I do not think that is possible with FOSSoftware yet. Maybe we will have one by the time S100 is released.

I hope this helps, -sa

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Here is a working link to the GDAL S-57 page: – FredFury Oct 23 '15 at 8:33

There is a free add-on from ESRI to view S57 files.

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