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UKHO warns of dangers posed by counterfeit nautical charts

Counterfeit documents do not satisfy the carriage requirements of SOLAS The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office has issued a warning over the dangers posed to the safety of vessels, crews and cargoes by counterfeit nautical charts and publications and has produced a simple guide to help identify genuine Admiralty products.The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has recently observed an increase in the number of counterfeit versions of its Admiralty charts and publications in circulation. Counterfeit documents do not satisfy the carriage requirements of the International Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), as they have not been issued officially by or on the authority of a Government, authorized hydrographic office or other relevant government institution.Their carriage may also fail to satisfy (and may be contrary to) the laws of Flag State Authorities and Port State Control, as well as increasing the safety risk for vessels, crews and cargoes. Furthermore, carriage of counterfeit documents is against the law in all countries that have signed the Berne Convention on copyright, which includes the vast majority of nations.John Dawson, Head of Marketing at the UK Hydrographic Office, said:"The UKHO urges all purchasers, users, inspectors and regulators to be vigilant for counterfeit Admiralty charts ...

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UKHO adds Vietnam Electronic Navigational Charts

Providing greater navigational detail The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced new ENC (Electronic Navigational Chart) coverage in Vietnam, providing greater navigational detail for the region.The three new ENCs cover the ports and approaches to Vung Tau, which includes the main container port of Cai Mep, and are only available through the Admiralty Vector Chart Service.UKHO says that the new ENCs have been produced in response to increasing demand from shipping companies for chart data for the region."Vietnam continues to outperform many economies around the world. Increased shipping trade plays a key role in maintaining that growth so fully compliant digital coverage of this area is an important addition for many shipping companies," said Guy Edwards, head of Admiralty Asia Pacific, Singapore."We worked closely with our colleagues in the Vietnam Maritime Safety Authority to produce these ENCs to cover the key hub of Vung Tau and container port of Cai Mep, which represent a major gateway to trade in southern Vietnam."The Admiralty Vector Chart Service contains over 11,500 ENCs and coverage of over 2,950 of the world's ports.Source: UKHO

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