UK Club: Technology alone will not ensure safety at sea

Ship groundings and collisions still occur with depressing regularity, and are often attributed to errors in navigation. In the UK P&I Club’s latest LookOut, Risk Assessor David Nichol, highlights some of the contributory factors and suggests steps to ensure navigational safety.

Ensuring safe navigation during GPS outage

The US Coast Guard advised mariners on how to achieve safe navigation in case of GPS interference, as approximately 20 vessels transiting the northeast portion of the Black Sea have experienced such cases from June 2017.

USCG: ECDIS must comply with IHO standards

During their Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC), starting from September 1st and ending on November 30, the two major Port State Control regimes – Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU – will focus on navigational safety. USCG suggests ways for compliance in case vessels have not complied with the recommended ECDIS IHO standards, now that the CICs have begun. 

UKHO urges operators to check ECDIS compliance ahead of CIC

Ahead of the IHO’s compliance deadline of 31 August 2017, the UK Hydrographic Office urged owners and operators to ensure their ECDIS systems are using S-52 Presentation Library Edition 4.0. The deadline coincides with the launch of a worldwide Concentrated Inspection Campaign by Tokyo MoU and Paris MoU.

Best practice guide for CIC on Safety of Navigation

SQE MARINE consulting company recommends best practices to check compliance with the applicable requirements of the SOLAS Convention for the forthcoming CIC on Safety of Navigation. Ship managers should be prepared for the questionnaire and address all items as appropriate.
A safety equipment check (regarding safety of navigation items) should be performed and
procedures included in SMS (or other relevant publications) to be reviewed for conformance.

CIC Questionnaire on Safety of Navigation is now available

Paris MoU has released the  questionnaire for the forthcoming CIC on safety of navigation in compliance with SOLAS Chapter V. The aim of the CIC is to check compliance with the applicable requirements of the SOLAS Convention, the overall status of the vessel’s navigation safety, and the competency of crew involved in navigation operations. The Paris MoU will conduct the CIC jointly with the Tokyo MoU from 1 September to 30 November 2017.

Technology on board: friend or foe?

Laura Grant, UK P&I Club, commented on the increasing reliance on technology within shipping, as the years have progressed. Among its positive effects within the shipping world is that it has allowed crews to stay in contact with loved ones while on long journeys, but sometimes it may go wrong.

Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU announce CIC on ECDIS

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding has announced that it will be conducting a concentrated inspection campaign jointly with the Tokyo MoU. The campaign will focus on navigation safety, including Electronic Chart Display Information Systems. The Black Sea MoU will also participate in same CIC campaign.

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