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UKHO publishes guide to ECDIS

Re Implementation, Policy and Procedures The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has published a new Nautical Publication to support the transition to ECDIS. The ADMIRALTY Guide to ECDIS Implementation, Policy and Procedures (NP232) has been designed to allow informed decision-making by any individual or organisation responsible for the introduction of ECDIS aboard ship.UKHO also intended to provide an onboard reference to support company procedures developed for the operation of ECDIS, which will assist in preparation for audits and inspections and provide clarification on ECDIS policies and procedures.NP232 is the third in a series of publications from the UKHO that provide guidance on the transition to ECDIS and Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs), and is designed to complement the ADMIRALTY Guide to the Practical Use of ENCs (NP231) and the ADMIRALTY Guide to ENC Symbols Used in ECDIS (NP5012). Together, this series provides the mariner with an extensive library of information and guidance to support them in the safe, compliant and effective use of ECDIS.The publication of NP232 supports the global Implementing Your ECDIS Procedures seminars. The feedback from seminar delegates over the past four years, which has included serving bridge officers, fleet superintendents and other shipping industry professionals, has played a ...

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QR Codes added to UKHO’s Standard Nautical Charts

QR Codes now added to over 3,000 ADMIRALTY charts, bringing digital benefits to paper chart users In an initiative to deliver the benefits of digital solutions to users of paper navigational charts, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has introduced Quick Response (QR) codes to its portfolio of Standard Nautical Charts.All newly printed versions of 3,371 Standard Nautical Charts and Mariners' Routing Guides, including Print-On-Demand charts, now feature a unique QR code. By scanning the QR code, the user will be taken directly to the relevant page for the scanned chart on the UKHO's searchable Notes to Mariners database, known asNM Websearch, where they will be provided with instant access on their smart phone or tablet to chart status information. This is a valuable chart management tool that will help to deliver the latest navigational safety information at the touch of a button.Jason Scholey, Senior Product Manager - Charts for UKHO, said: "With the introduction of QR codes to the vast majority of our Standard Nautical Charts, we have been able to bring the paper and digital worlds together for the benefit of our customers. By scanning the QR code on their paper chart, they can instantly access online data ...

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