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USCG: Commandant Change Notice On Use of Electronic Charts and Publications in Lieu of Paper Charts, Maps and Publications

Charles Hays | Tue, Jun 23, 2020, 02:06 PM EDT

  Mariners rely on nautical publications for a successful voyage. Recommendations from the Navigation Safety Advisory Council have seen the Coast Guard update its electronic carriage policies for Vessel Traffic Service Rules, Inland Navigation Rules, and navigation publications in general. With the new changes, U.S. flagged vessels can now use previously...

Digital Navigation, Digital Technology, ECDIS, Electronic Navigation Charts, ENC, Industry News, Marine Geospatial Data, Maritime Industry, Maritime Safety, Nautical Charts, Navigation, Regulations, Software, USCG

Introducing SPICA Pay As You Sail (PAYS) e-Navigation Software Solution

Charles Hays | Tue, Jun 16, 2020, 09:06 PM EDT

  SPICA PAYS is an advanced digital navigation software designed for any SOLAS-class marine vessels that use Electronic Chart Display Information System (ECDIS). The idea behind the creation of the SPICA PAYS software is to offer vessels and navigators an easy and straight-forward experience when mapping out their routes for...

Commercial Shipping, Digital Navigation, Digital Technology, E-Navigation, ECDIS, Electronic Navigation Charts, Nautical Charts, Navigation, Pay As You Sail, Ship Routeing, Software, SOLAS, SPICA, Vector Charts, Vessel

How to Order Electronic Navigation Charts For ECDIS and Keep Them Updated On Ships Using SPICA

Charles Hays | Sun, May 31, 2020, 01:05 PM EDT

ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display Information System) is an advanced navigation system that improves safe navigation at sea. ECDIS has become a must-have system on most ships depending upon the type of the ship and its tonnage. As technology grows, electronic navigation charts (ENCs) charts have replaced paper charts over the years due to...

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Recently Added Publication - Procedures for Port State Control 2019, 2020 Edition

Monique Dean | Tue, May 19, 2020, 04:05 PM EDT

The newest edition of Procedures for Port State Control 2019, 2020 Edition along with the accompanying book is now available for purchase.   What's it for? The Port State Control is the inspection of foreign ships in national ports to verify that the condition of the ship and its equipment...

IMO, Maritime Compliance, Maritime Industry, MARPOL, MLC, New Edition, Port State Control, Procedures, Product News, Regulations, SOLAS, STCW

Coronavirus Outbreak Threatens the Shipping Industry As Ports Enforce Restrictions

Monique Dean | Tue, Mar 31, 2020, 03:03 PM EDT

Consumers and businesses alike rely on the shipping industry for a steady supply of food, fuel, and medication. The 2019-2020 novel coronavirus outbreak is affecting many countries, ports, and organizations.    Coronavirus disrupts shipping industry A lot of docks in China are blocked with arriving containers. Warehouses overflow with goods...

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ADMIRALTY e-Navigator Planning Station and ADMIRALTY Gateway Products Will Be Retired January 2021

Monique Dean | Thu, Feb 27, 2020, 04:02 PM EST

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is known for specializing in handling marine geospatial data. It's a world-renowned center of hydography that helps mariners to meet carriage requirements and have safe and profitable voyages.   After decades of aiming to protect lives at sea, UKHO has announced all versions of ADMIRALTY...

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New ECDIS Cyber Security Regulations & Requirements Coming Soon

Monique Dean | Sat, Feb 08, 2020, 11:02 AM EST

As the maritime industry continues to grow and ECDIS software is linked to parties involved through ship’s communications, this creates higher risk of a malware or a cyber attack. There is now an urgent need to develop cybersecurity regulations for the maritime industry.     Ship owners, ship managers and engineers...

Admiralty, Carriage Requirement, Commercial Shipping, Cyber Security, Cyber Threat, Digital Navigation, Digital Technology, E-Navigation, ECDIS, Electronic Navigation Charts, ENC, malware, Marine Data, Maritime Industry, maritime technology, maritime transportation, Navigation, Software, software updates, SOLAS, Vessel

Guidelines on Fatigue, 2019 Edition

Monique Dean | Mon, Feb 03, 2020, 12:02 PM EST

The Guidelines on Fatigue, 2019 Edition is now available for purchase.   What’s it for? The International Maritime Organization approved revised guidelines on fatigue is to assist all stakeholders to contribute the mitigation and management of fatigue. These guidelines were developed to inform each party that has a direct involvement...

All About, fatigue, Fatigue Monitoring Tools, Guidelines, IMO, Life At Sea, Lifesaving, Maritime Safety, Port State Control, Prevention, Procedures, protection, Safety, Seafarer Mental Health, seafarers, security, ship designers, Ship owners, SOLAS

Code on Intact Stability 2008, 2020 Edition Now Available

Monique Dean | Mon, Feb 03, 2020, 12:02 PM EST

The newest edition of International Maritime Organization Code on Intact Stability 2008 (IS Code), 2020 Edition is now available for purchase. What’s it for? The IS Code includes fundamental principles such as general precautions against capsizing (criteria regarding metacentric height (GM) and righting lever (GZ)); weather criterion (severe wind and...

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NOAA Announces The End Of Production For Paper Nautical Charts

Monique Dean | Wed, Dec 04, 2019, 02:12 PM EST

“These chart backup files will look somewhat different than traditional paper nautical charts, but will provide a similar functionality…” – NOAA The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is undertaking a five-year program to cease all raster and paper nautical chart production including production of all NOAA paper nautical...

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IMSBC Code and Supplement, 2020 Edition Now Available

Monique Dean | Wed, Nov 27, 2019, 11:11 AM EST

The new edition of International Maritime solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC Code) & Supplement, 2020 Edition is now available for purchase. What’s it for? The IMSBC Code was adopted on December 4, 2008 by resolution MSC.268(85) and came into force on January 1, 2011. The present edition incorporates amendment 05-19, which...

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The Ship Captain's Medical Guide - 23rd Edition Now Available

Monique Dean | Wed, Oct 30, 2019, 04:10 PM EDT

The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide 23rd edition is the most up-to-date and complete medical guidance with the aim of reflecting current best medical practice applying to the maritime environment.     What’s it for? Ship Captain’s Medical Guide is intended primarily for use on ships where no doctor is available...

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Ships’ Routeing, 2019 Edition (Includes routeing measures that have been adopted before July 2019)

Monique Dean | Wed, Oct 30, 2019, 04:10 PM EDT

The latest version of the Ships’ Routeing, 2019 Edition – safety of shipping and the cleanliness of oceans – now available for purchase. What’s it for? The purpose of ships’ routeing is to improve the safety of navigation in converging areas and in areas where the density of traffic is...

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Carriage Requirements of Publications On Board Ships By The Marshall Islands Flag State Authority

Charles Hays | Thu, Oct 03, 2019, 10:10 AM EDT

  According to RMI Marine Notice No. 1-000-3 it states the required publications to be carried on board a vessel in accordance with IMO Circular MSC-MEPC.2/Circ.2 and the Marshall Islands flag state authority administration. RMI Marine Notice No. 1-000-3 applies to all commercial vessels and yachts who are registered with the Republic of the Marshall...

List of Flag States Requiring Carriage Of Publications

Charles Hays | Tue, Oct 01, 2019, 12:10 AM EDT

Flag States Flag State Circular/Notice Reference Comments ​Antigua & Barbuda Circular 2012-006 (Rev 1) See also MSC-MEPC.2/Circ.2, the ISM Code, & the Ship's SMS manual for addtional publication carriage requirements  Australia Azerbaijan Bahamas Information Bulletin No. 51 Barbados Belgium Belize Bermuda Brazil Canada ​Cape Verde​ ​Cayman Islands The Merchant Shipping Law...