The US NOAA announced it is undertaking a five-year program to end all raster and paper nautical chart production. Ultimately, production of all NOAA paper nautical charts, raster navigational charts (NOAA RNC), and related products, such as BookletChartsTM will cease.
NAPA, a maritime software, services and data analysis provider and ChartWorld, a digital chart agent, announced their partnership to provide artificial intelligence-driven voyage planning and optimization. The solution incorporates modules for evaluating the operational efficiency of past voyages. It then uses this data to improve the efficiency of future transits where there are similar variables and trends.
NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey announced its plans to change the US Army Corps of Engineers maintained channel depth values on raster nautical chart products, which include paper nautical charts and the corresponding digital raster navigational chart. The change from showing, often outdated, controlling depths, to showing channel project depths on raster nautical chart products, will provide more clarity and safety for mariners.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coast Survey announced launch of hydrographic expeditions through July and August to discover what lies underneath the water’s surface. Currently only 4.1% of the US maritime Arctic has been charted to modern international navigation standards.
UKHO published a revised edition to help bridge crews record and manage cyber risks. The update was developed in accordance with IMO’s guidance, stating that approved SMS should consider cyber risk management in line with the ISM code before January 2021.
US Coast Guard announced an update to its navigation guidance for the use of electronic charts in lieu of paper charts and publications. The updated version of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular identifies voluntary acceptable equivalencies to paper charts and publications and position fixing and plotting requirements.
AMSA provides an overview to facilitate vessels calling at Australian ports with the safe and effective use of ECDIS and to inform operators about ECDIS requirements for compliance during PSC inspections.
On the occasion of the Day of the Seafarer this year on June 25th, IMO has launched an online map dedicated to seafarers to celebrate their ‘unique contribution’. This year the theme is ‘Seafarers Matter’. IMO ‘encourages all industry parties concerned to duly and appropriately promote the Day of the Seafarer and take action to celebrate it meaningfully’.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority issued a marine notice, in order to draw attention to the importance of using only official nautical charts to comply with flag State requirements, under Chapter V of the amended International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, the Monohakobi Technology Institute and Japan Radio have jointly developed a support tool for officers to better manage and share navigational information.
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