The Mariner's Blog

Final National Charting Plan released by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Charles Hays | Wed, Jan 17, 2018, 10:01 AM EST

Final National Charting Plan released by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) The Coast Survey was first introduced in 1807 to provide guidance and services to boaters, shippers, and users of any crafts with marine navigation. NOAA’s Coast Survey continues to ensure the best and safe navigation in America’s coastal...

Digital Navigation, ECDIS, Maritime Safety, Nautical Charts, Navigation, Raster Charts, USCG, Vector Charts

Special Message On Hurricane Irma

Charles Hays | Fri, Sep 08, 2017, 10:09 AM EDT

    Dear Valued Customers,   Please be advised due to Hurricane Irma we will be closed on Monday September, 11th 2017. We will reopen after the hurricane has past and power is restored to our office. We anticipate that we will be without power for some unforeseeable time. This...


USCG releases new 46 CFR Subchapter M Final Rule: Inspection of Towing Vessels

Charles Hays | Tue, Aug 02, 2016, 02:08 PM EDT

  On June 20, 2016 the U.S. Coast Guard published in the Federal Register new towing vessel regulations that establish new requirements for the design, construction, on-board equipment, and operation of U.S. towing vessels.  The regulations were considered and developed by the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) with special input from the commercial...

Industry News, Regulations, USCG

International Code For The Construction And Equipment Of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases In Bulk (IGC Code, 2016 Edition) now available

Charles Hays | Fri, Jun 03, 2016, 03:06 PM EDT

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has now published the International Code For The Construction And Equipment Of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases In Bulk (IGC Code, 2016 edition) and is now available for purchase.    What's it for? The purpose of the IGC Code is to provide an international standard...

Cargoes, Maritime Safety, Regulations

Delay in Required Software Updates in ECDIS for IHO S-52 Presentation Library

Charles Hays | Mon, Mar 28, 2016, 09:03 AM EDT

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) subcommittee on Navigation, Communications, and Search and Rescue (NCSR) has extended the transition period for IHO S-52 software updates for ECDIS to August 31st, 2017. The International hydrographic Organization's (IHO) extension proposal was accepted by NCSR to allow ship owners more time to acquire the...

New Bridge Procedures Guide, 5th Edition now available

Charles Hays | Fri, Mar 25, 2016, 11:03 AM EDT

  The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) released the much anticipated 5th edition of Bridge Procedures Guide in March of 2016. The new 5th edition supersedes the previous 4th edition issued in 2007.  What's it for? Bridge Procedures Guide is used to reflect current best navigational practice on commercial ships, operating in...

ECDIS, Maritime Safety, Navigation, Popular

U.S. carriage requirements for nautical charts & publications on board ships

Charles Hays | Mon, Feb 08, 2016, 12:02 PM EST

Who does §33 CFR 164 apply to for Federal carriage requirements of nautical charts and publications? U.S. vessels meeting the applicability parameters in §33 CFR 164.01 are required to comply with federal carriage requirements for nautical charts and publications as found in §33 CFR 164.33 and §33 CFR 164.72. §33 CFR 164.01 applicability parameters are:  ...

Digital Navigation, ECDIS, Nautical Charts, Regulations, USCG

What Shippers Need To Know About The SOLAS Gross Mass Weight Verification Requirement For Containers

Charles Hays | Sat, Nov 14, 2015, 07:11 PM EST

The Maritime Safety Committee at its ninety-fourth session (MSC 94, November 2014) approved for adoption the draft amendments to SOLAS chapter VI to now require mandatory verification of gross mass weight of containers before loading onto vessels for transport. The Maritime Safety Committee also approved draft guidelines which are intended to provide a common approach...

Containers, Industry News, Maritime Safety, Regulations

Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers 2015 edition released

Charles Hays | Sat, Oct 10, 2015, 01:10 PM EDT

The Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA) released the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers 2015 edition on September 22nd, 2015. This edition supersedes Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen Consolidated 2011 Edition.  What's it for? The Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers 2015 edition provides guidance on improving safety...

Maritime Safety

New Ships' Routeing 2015 edition published by IMO

Charles Hays | Tue, Sep 22, 2015, 11:09 AM EDT

  The International Maritime Organization (IMO) published Ships' Routeing 2015 edition and is now available. Ships' Routeing 2015 edition renders obsolete its previous 2013 edition.     What's it for? Ships' Routeing establishes an international and mandatory systematic way for ships to follow predetermined routes to avoid hazards to navigation at sea.  Navigation hazards include...

Maritime Safety, Navigation, Regulations

New IHO S-52 ECDIS Standards: What does it mean for electronic navigation charts & ECDIS?

Charles Hays | Fri, Aug 07, 2015, 03:08 PM EDT

The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) has well documented mandatory carriage of ECDIS for SOLAS class vessels, but new technical standards for ECDIS are coming soon.   While accurate and reliable nautical chart information is presented by trained cartographers, the portrayal of electronic navigation charts (ENCs) on an ECDIS screen is...

Digital Navigation, ECDIS

USCG Exam Study Materials

Charles Hays | Mon, Jun 22, 2015, 12:06 PM EDT

 Deck Guide for Permitted Materials in the USCG Exam Room   United States Coast Guard Deck Exam Mariners seeking USCG deck certification are required to complete the USCG deck exam, in addition to service at sea, hands-on training and successful demonstration of applicable skills. Deck officer endorsements that are required...

Education, USCG

Admiralty Digital List of Radio Signals, Vol. 1,3,4,5 now available as part of the Admiralty Digital Publications portfolio

Charles Hays | Wed, Jun 17, 2015, 08:06 AM EDT

  The Admiralty Digital List of Radio Signals (ARDS) Volume 1,3,4,5 is now available for mariners who are mandated to comply with Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention requirements. This Admiralty Digital Publication (ADP) product is a must-have addition for the crews of all sea-going vessels who are making...


IMO Publication Carriage Requirements On Board Vessels

Charles Hays | Wed, Mar 04, 2015, 12:03 PM EST

  Current International Maritime Organization (IMO) publication carriage requirements were approved by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC,) held from May 10 to 19, 2006 and the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC,) held from July 18 to 22, 2005, (See MSC-MEPC.2/Circ.2) and are detailed in Required Publications below. The MSC and...

Industry News, Regulations

ECDIS, Vector Charts, & Raster Charts

Charles Hays | Thu, Feb 05, 2015, 12:02 PM EST

ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display & Information System) & official chart requirements SOLAS requires certain ships to meet International Maritime Organization (IMO) provisions defined in the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS,) together with its amendments.   IMO SOLAS V/19 outlines requirements for the types of...

ECDIS, Raster Charts, Vector Charts