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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The Electronic Navigators

 AIS, ECDIS, ECDIS, ENC, navigation, parallel index, VTS  Comments Off on The Electronic Navigators
Feb 042010
 
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Captain S. Pullat

Electronic navigation isn’t the future, it’s now, but are today’s navigators too complacent and trusting? Is eNav a threat to good seamanship?

MAC contributor Captain S Pullat sends up some signals.

What paradigm shifts through couple of generations from total visual navigation to complete electronics dependence! Ask practitioners and what is surmised is that Radar, VHF, ARPA, AIS, Integrated Bridge, VTS and the rest put together has precipitated so, COSCO BUSAN a sad example.

From the days of single locked Radar to S-mode for safe-n-quick user friendly switching, the navigators have come a long way! And given the 25yr or so lifespan of ships with grandfather leniencies, one can be sure that all and sundry systems and practices sail side by side; the navigators on contract switching between such diverse technologies.

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MNZ Issues ECDIS, ENC Guidance

 charts, ECDIS, ENC, navigation  Comments Off on MNZ Issues ECDIS, ENC Guidance
Aug 202009
 

Maritime New Zealand has issued a guidance note, June 2008, Issue 8:  Use of electronic charts, ECDIS and ENCs in New Zealand, targetted at New Zealand shipping companies, International SOLAS, vessels visiting New Zealand, Classification societies in New Zealand, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) safety inspectors, auditors and accident investigators.

The notice details the technical requirements relating to Maritime Rule Part 25, the different types of chart display systems and the need to maintain and use paper charts. The notice was first issued in June 2008, and the information on the availability of ENCs (electronic navigation charts) from land Information New Zealand has been updated.

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Case No. 1: The Case of the Cozy Captain

 casualties, ECDIS, fatigue, Hull, maritime accidents, podcast, Transas, Uncategorized  Comments Off on Case No. 1: The Case of the Cozy Captain
Jun 252007
 

An exhausted Captain; single watch-keeping; a warm, cozy bridge at night; the heavy traffic of the Kiel Canal, and pirated navigational software. If you think that sounds like a recipe for disaster, you’d be absolutely right.

The Case of the Cozy Captain

Listen to the podcast and read the transcript here

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