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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Fake EEBDs “Useless and Dangerous”

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Mar 082011
 

The mask hood is impossible to get over your head

Somali gangs are not the only pirate hazard for seafarers, so is copy-cat counterfeit equipment like the fake emergency escape breathing apparatus featured in the latest alert of the Marine Safety Forum.

Says MSF: “WSS Safety service station in Stavanger, Norway received EEBD-sets for annual inspection from one its regular customers. The service engineer discovered that the bags and the EEBD-sets were fake copies of the Unitor/MSA type Uniscape 15H – and of the same type  as previously discovered and informed. Continue reading »

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