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Only 50% of tankers use ECDIS

Over 4,000 tankers are not yet using an ENC service SOLAS regulations on the mandatory carriage of ECDIS for all tankers of 3,000 gross tonnes or more come into force on 1 July 2015. Of the 8,750+ tankers in the global fleet that are required to comply with these regulations by their first survey following this date, 54% are now using ENCs (Electronic Nautical Charts) on ECDIS.Progress has been made in recent months, with the global ECDIS readiness' figure having risen from 42% in September 2014 to the current figure of 54%. However over 4,000 tankers representing the remaining 46% of the global tanker fleet are not yet using an ENC service.The UKHO data also reveals a number of interesting disparities in the adoption of ECDIS between different elements of the global tanker fleet. 83% of LNG tankers are currently using an ENC service, compared to 70% of crude oil tankers and 36% of product tankers. All three categories have shown a substantial improvement in ECDIS readiness since September 2014.Mr Thomas Mellor, Head of OEM Technical Support and Digital Standards, UKHO, commented:"The international tanker community has made significant progress towards ensuring that it is ready for the SOLAS regulations on ...

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