Beware Counterfeit Charts – UKHO

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Feb 192013
 
On the left, a counterfeit product and on the right, an official Admiralty publication.

On the left, a counterfeit product and on the right, an official Admiralty publication.

Counterfeits are everywhere. The UK Hydrographic Office, UKHO, has issued a warning that fake Admiralty charts are in circulation which, because they are not official publications, do not meet carriage requirements of the International Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea (see Chapter V, Regulations 2.2 and 19.2.1.4 of the Convention). Likewise their carriage may not satisfy the requirements of (and may be contrary to) the local laws of Flag State Authorities and Port State Controls.

Says UKHO: “Counterfeit products have not undergone the rigorous checking procedures which take place for official products and they cannot be trusted in the same way. Their use may increase the safety risk to vessels, crews and cargoes”. Continue reading »

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Norway Cleared in Rocknes – Don’t Trust Our Charts Says Mapping Agency

 Accident, Chart, grounding, seafarer fatalities, Sinking  Comments Off on Norway Cleared in Rocknes – Don’t Trust Our Charts Says Mapping Agency
Jan 132011
 

Salvors tackle Rocknes. Photo: www.rocknessalvage.com

Gard Norway’s attempts to secure compensation from the Norwegian government for sinking of the stone-carrier Rocknes with loss of 18 lives have been refused by Oslo District court of appeal. Gard, togther with a dozen insurance companies and the vessel’s owner, held that the Norwegian government, through its mapping agency, bore responsibility for the tragedy, and subsequent oil pollution, because a hazard had not been identified on the Norwegian charts in use.

A statement by the mapping agency says: “A district court first ordered the State of Norway (i.e. the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Hydrographic Service) to pay close to NOK 23 million in damages for having failed to include the shoal which the bulk carrier hit, in the Notices to Mariners published by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service. Continue reading »

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Shoal Thing -ENC Producers Didn’t Get It

 Chart, ECDIS, ENC, navigation, Safety Alerts  Comments Off on Shoal Thing -ENC Producers Didn’t Get It
Feb 262010
 

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Your ECDIS may not display significant shoals and may not set grounding alarms automatically because some ENC producers did not understand the importance to safety of a bulletin issued by the International Hydrographic Organisation.

A lucky visit by a maritime delegation to the UK Hydrographic Organisation has sparked a flurry of urgent messages and updates in the electronic chart community after the delegation noticed that a significant shoal was missing from the ENC chart on the screen and no grounding alarm was set on the ECDIS. The was being reviewed prior to issue and the problem was only noticed because the visitors were familiar with the area displayed.

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