Out of almost 42,000 internationally trading vessels, over 60% are now ECDIS-ready: are you? If not, what’s holding you back? Are you unsure of the applicable regulations, or perhaps you have concerns about affordability? With the August ECDIS deadline now a stone’s throw away, we’re here to clear up your queries and give you everything you need to ensure compliance…it’s time to take action!
We don’t doubt that you’re an expert modern-day navigator, but do you know your cross staff from your astrolabe? We’re about to test your knowledge on nautical navigation throughout the ages!
Your ship sets sail today, you’re due to be on watch and it’s pitch black outside. To ensure a safe voyage, you must be familiar with all equipment on the bridge before the Pilot and Master rely on your expertise as they start to conn the vessel, but the various Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) systems you’ve used in the past are all different to the one on this ship. Sound familiar?
The majority of the global shipping community have now completed the switch to navigation using Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) and evidence is now emerging that ECDIS-related issues uncovered during inspections and audits is increasing. Supporting this, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) recently reported a large rise in the number of vessels detained because of ECDIS deficiencies.
The transition to stress-free and cost-efficient navigation using ECDIS has not been without its challenges for some, but now thanks to advanced functionality, the best market-leading ECDIS offer first rate safety and outstanding productivity for ships and their crew across the globe.
Most mariners would agree that Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) have revolutionised navigation at sea and both the commercial and safety benefits of installing the technology are now widely known within the shipping industry. When it comes to the supply, upkeep and readiness of maritime industry navigational charts, ECDIS is unbeaten and what was once a time-consuming and tedious process, is now an automated and pain-free job for a ships crew.
Anomalies on electronic charts, alarms ignored by bridge crew and dual system back-ups…it’s not surprising that the latest talk about Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) is sending shipowners into a spin!
A lucky escape for the Comoros-flagged oil tanker crew
This month news broke that Somali pirates had released an oil tanker and crew after the first commercial ship hijacking since 2012. Luckily, the Comoros-flagged oil tanker and eight Sri Lankan crew were freed without payment of ransom, after lengthy negotiations. The release followed a gunfight between the pirates and the marine force, then intensive negotiations between the marine force, clan elders and the pirates.