Following a long-term international cooperation, the industry has introduced this week international standards for nautical port information. The Port of Rotterdam embraces the new standards and has become the first party in the world to use pilots in which they are applied.
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.
UKHO has supported the safe arrival of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH into Portsmouth by providing specialist marine geospatial and hydrographic expertise and data capabilities. Following initial dredging operations to make Portsmouth’s navigation channel and entrance deeper, hydrographic data was collected by the survey launch HMS GLEANER using modern multibeam echosounder technology to confirm the available water depth.
Almost three-quarters of cargo ships over 20,000 gross tonnage are already compliant with the SOLAS-mandated ECDIS deadline of 1st July 2017, according to the latest figures published by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office.
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.
UKHO has launched three new Port Approach Guides with the support of the MPA Singapore. Forming part of the UKHO’s global series of Port Approach Guides, each one is a single chart that contains specific passage planning information for the port in question.
UKHO has called for ship owners, operators and managers to exercise greater vigilance in order to tackle the rise in ECDIS-related detentions and the risks to safety at sea.
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has awarded the 2016 Alexander Dalrymple Award to Dr Parry Oei, Director (Port Services) and Chief Hydrographer at the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).
UKHO has published the revised Maritime Security chart Q6114. This chart is one of a series of new Maritime Security Charts that contains security related information to mariners for the West Africa area including the Gulf of Guinea.
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office has planned to release five new Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) for the expanded Panama Canal.
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