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ECDIS safeguards ignored at Muros grounding

The bulk carrier Muros ran aground on Haisborough Sand last December. UK MAIB report identified that Muros’s route was planned and monitored by the 2/O using the vessel’s ECDIS. However, system and procedural safeguards intended to prevent grounding were either overlooked, disabled or ignored.

Poor tow line on severe weather leads to rig's grounding

On August 2016, the semi-submersible rig Transocean Winner grounded on the Isle of Lewis, following the loss of tow from the tug ALP Forward. The tug and tow was on passage from Stavanger, Norway to Valletta, Malta, when it encountered severe weather west of the Hebrides.

USCG extends comment period for APC Guidelines

USCG announced that it is reopening the comment period for the Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) National Guidelines awaiting comments related to the economic impact of the policy, especially in remote areas. Additionally, the coast Guard is interested in public comment regarding the exercise and verification aspects of the policy.

UKHO launches new passage planner

UKHO announced the availability of the ADMIRALTY Passage Planner. The application is intended to help bridge officers create compliant passage plans with clearance and leg-speed calculations that can be automatically updated during the planning process.

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