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ECDIS As The Focal Point of E-Navigation

Monique Dean | Mon, Aug 05, 2019, 01:08 PM EDT

   Investing in ECDIS combines advanced functionality, smart navigation, with cost-efficient software. E-navigation is the most harmonized collection, integration, exchange, presentation and analysis of marine information on board and ashore by electronic means to enhance berth to berth navigation and related services for safety and security at sea and protection...

All About, Digital Navigation, Digital Technology, E-Navigation, ECDIS, Electronic Navigation Charts, Industry News, Maritime Compliance, Maritime Industry, Maritime Safety, Maritime Safety Committee, Nautical Charts, Navigation, Raster Charts, Regulations, Safety, Sea Traffic Management, Software, SOLAS, Vector Charts

New Released Version of The IMO-Vega Database, (v23.1), 2018

Monique Dean | Thu, Jul 25, 2019, 02:07 PM EDT

  IMO-Vega is an essential tool for anyone involved in shipping: shipowners and operators, shipbuilders, classification societies, casualty investigators, governments, insurers and underwriters, port authorities, surveyors and many others. The IMO-Vega Database (v23.1) 2018 is now available in two digital formats (electronic download and internet subscription).   What’s it for?...

All About, Database, IMO, Maritime Safety, Popular, Port State Control, Prevention, Regulations, Safety, Software, SOLAS

New edition now available for the IAMSAR Manual Volume III, 2019 Edition

Monique Dean | Thu, Jul 25, 2019, 02:07 PM EDT

  Mobile Facilities (volume III) is intended to be carried on board rescue units, aircraft and vessels to help with performance of a search, rescue or on-scene coordinator function and with aspects of SAR that pertain to their own emergencies.   What’s it for? The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and...

All About, Guidelines, IAMSAR, IMO, International Regulations, Maritime Safety, Navigation, Popular, Regulations, Search and Rescue, SOLAS

NOAA encourages mariners to use ENC latest updates

Monique Dean | Fri, Jun 28, 2019, 04:06 PM EDT

NOAA released latest updates and other advantages that mariners can benefit from. Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC) are the main nautical chart of NOAA’s production and mariners are encouraged to prioritize using the new ENC data before other secondary options.    The following is a snippet of a news release from...

All About, Digital Navigation, Digital Technology, ECDIS, Electronic Navigation Charts, Industry News, Maritime Safety, Nautical Charts, Navigation, NOAA, Raster Charts, Safety, Software, SOLAS, Vector Charts

UKHO Supporting The Blue Economy

Monique Dean | Mon, Jun 03, 2019, 04:06 PM EDT

Our oceans are critical to so many particular points of our day-to-day lives. Globally, we rely on our oceans for trade, food, and other valuable resources, as well as enabling environmental protection and international aid. As years go by, maritime transformation has evolved in many ways by the help of...

Admiralty, All About, Blue Data, Blue Economy, Digital Technology, Economic Growth, Electronic Navigation Charts, Environment, Fisheries Management, Marine Data, Marine Environment, Marine Geospatial Data, Maritime Industry, Maritime Safety, Navigation, Ocean Resources, Oceans, Popular, Seabed Habitats, Technological Advances, Tourism, UKHO

Electronic Information Exchange Mandatory for Ports

Monique Dean | Wed, May 01, 2019, 12:05 PM EDT

"The new FAL Convention requirement for all Public Authorities to establish systems for the electronic exchange of information related to maritime transport marks a significant move in the maritime industry and ports towards a digital maritime world, reducing the administrative burden and increasing the efficiency of maritime trade and transport,"...

All About, Cargoes, Containers, Electronic Information Exchange, FAL Convention, IMO, Industry News, International Regulations, Maritime Safety, Popular, Port State Control, Regulations, Software

Reaching New Heights

Monique Dean | Fri, Apr 05, 2019, 04:04 PM EDT

 NOAA scientists are transforming how to measure accurate heights and how we can understand the water flows beyond the ground. Errors and inaccuracy in measuring heights from the foundation could lead a big difference between a flooded home and a safe dry home. Did you know that buying a property...

All About, elevation, evacuation planning, floodplain mapping, Industry News, International Regulations, latitude, longitude, National Geodetic Survey, NOAA, Popular, Procedures, Regulations, seal level, shoreline, Tidal Data, Tides, Vertical Datum

Additional Flag States Approve ADP Products As SOLAS Compliant

Monique Dean | Tue, Mar 05, 2019, 11:03 AM EST

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) declared the additional flag States, Thailand and Moldova, have approved the use of ADMIRALTY Digital Publications (ADP) in place of their paper alternatives. ADP’s are essential paper publications produced by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) that have been made available in digital form by...

Digital Navigation, Digital Technology, Industry News, International Regulations, Maritime Safety, Nautical Charts, Navigation, Regulations, Safety, Software, SOLAS, UKHO

IMO Prepares for Necessary Autonomous Ship Regulation Amendments

Monique Dean | Fri, Feb 01, 2019, 11:02 AM EST

  The field of technology is rapidly growing and relying more and more on automated systems. In the shipping industry, the application of such technology will usher in an era of unmanned ships that are fully independent. To adapt to this trend, the International Maritime Organization will review the current...

All About, Digital Navigation, Digital Technology, IMO, Industry News, International Regulations, Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships, Maritime Safety, Maritime Safety Committee, MASS, Popular, Regulations, Safety, Software, SOLAS

Commemorating 100 sessions of the Maritime Safety Committee [Recap]

Monique Dean | Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 10:12 AM EST

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) 100th special session was held from December 3rd through the 7th. The program is very comprehensive and incorporated a commemorative event with presentations dedicated to emerging technologies in the naval sector. Here’s a few highlights: Technology progression of maritime autonomous surface ships Kevin Daffey, Director...

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Improve Navigational Safety and Reduce Port Inspection Issues With Proper ECDIS Management

Monique Dean | Mon, Dec 03, 2018, 01:12 PM EST

With the use of the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), it has become easier for a ship’s navigating crew to pinpoint locations and attain directions. Shipowners and managers should better understand ECDIS and electronic chart update management to decrease the risk of negative findings during ship inspections. London...

Digital Navigation, ECDIS, ENC, Industry News, Maritime Safety, Navigation, Popular, Port State Control, Safety

Are digital technologies on board compromising safety and security?

Monique Dean | Wed, Oct 24, 2018, 03:10 PM EDT

How important is safe technology in the maritime industry?   Seafarers and employees at work are safer on the waterfront by having a proper knowledge of the basics of occupational safety and technology. Professionally trained crew will make less complication on board.     The Automatic Identification System (AIS) has...

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Procedures for Port State Control 2017 - What's New in the 2018 Edition?

Monique Dean | Thu, Sep 27, 2018, 01:09 PM EDT

Port State Control (PSC) is the inspection of foreign ships in national ports to substantiate that the state of the ship and its equipment comply with the demands of international regulations and that the ship is manned and utilized in compliance with these rules. Differences in the 2018 Edition: The...

IMO, Inspections, International Regulations, Maritime Safety, Port State Control, Procedures, Regulations, Safety

Changes in Escape Route Signs and Equipment Location Markings

Monique Dean | Mon, Jul 30, 2018, 04:07 PM EDT

What did the IMO resolution A1116 (30) accomplish? On December 5, 2017, IMO introduced a new resolution A1116 (30), namely “Escape Route Signs and Equipment Location Markings.”  This recommends the adoption of new ISO signage, which will be required starting on January 1, 2019 for new vessels. In addition, these...

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Developers now have easy access to UK tidal data with the new ADMIRALTY API

Monique Dean | Mon, Jul 02, 2018, 11:07 AM EDT

What is the ADMIRALTY API? The ADMIRALTY API enables you to access tidal predictions for the UK coastline. It allows anyone with access to get predictions of high tide and low tide times, pinpoint permanent and temporary tide stations around the UK and more. As a world leader for hydrography,...

Admiralty, Digital Navigation, hydrography, Industry News, Maritime Safety, Navigation, Safety, Software, Tidal Data, Tides, UKHO