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However, once installed ship owners, operators and managers must fulfil their responsibilities for its ongoing use, including compliance with all relevant regulations.
This includes updating their bridge procedures, upgrading their ECDIS software to the latest IHO ENC standards and, above all, ensuring that bridge teams are trained and certified in the operation of ECDIS and in line with the requirements of Port State Control inspections and audits,” said Thomas Mellor, Head of OEM Technical Support and Digital Standards at UKHO.
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Evidence is now emerging that ECDIS-related issues uncovered during inspections and audits is increasing, resulting in major disruption and significant costs to the shipping companies involved.
The consequences of ECDIS inadequacies during inspections were highlighted in the recent case of a ship detained in Brisbane by AMSA, due to a lack of on-board familiarisation training in the use of ECDIS. The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) calls for shipowners, operators and managers to exercise greater vigilance to tackle the rise in ECDIS-related detentions and the risks to safety at sea.
The simulator ensures efficient training, fully compliant with IMO and STCW requirements.Port State Control (PSC) inspectors are carrying out more inspections on vessels using ECDIS as the primary means of navigation, meaning that unless the shipping community starts to up their game, we’re likely to see a continuation of serious penalties and detentions. Seek guidance and support There is an abundance of guidance and support available for ship owners from ECDIS manufacturers, training providers and the UKHO. Martek Marine offer a complete ECDIS compliance package through i ECDIS, including flexible training options, such as on-board training and CBT.Both the Admiralty Guide to Audits and Inspections, and the Admiralty Enc Maintenance Record (NP133C) from UKHO, are excellent resources to refer to in relation to managing, inspecting and auditing digital chart information. Do you have a question about ECDIS training, or familiarisation? Don’t take a risk: * Training and assessment in the use of ECDIS is not required for those who serve exclusively on ships not fitted with ECDIS.Non-compliance: a potential threat to the global shipping community Non-compliance comes in many forms, from insufficient detail in the ship’s Safety Management System (SMS), neglecting to use the latest Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) for a voyage plan, or a bridge team not sufficiently trained to use ECDIS.Whatever the reason, the penalties can be significant, whether through the costs incurred as a result of a delayed onward voyage, or damage to the shipping company’s reputation as a result of a failed Ship Inspection Report (SIRE).