The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) says it has observed an increase in the number of counterfeit versions of ADMIRALTY charts and publications in circulation, and is re-issuing a warning over the dangers these fakes pose to the safety of vessels, crew and cargo.
Over half of ships trading internationally are ECDIS ready, according to the latest figures published by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), with 62 per cent of existing cargo ships over 50,000 gt already fitted ahead of their 1 July 2016 deadline.
Kongsberg Maritime, working with the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), has added AIO (Admiralty Information Overlay) functionality to its latest K-Bridge ECDIS and K-Nav ECDIS software, to make additional chart information available to the mariner when using its ECDIS models.
The UKHO has claimed that, based on its data, 54 per cent of tankers are now equipped to comply with the 1 July 2015 ECDIS mandate – however, this leaves more than 4,000 tankers that are not yet using an ENC service as the deadline approaches.
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) reports that a further eight of its ADMIRALTY Nautical Publications are now available in electronic format.
The UKHO reports that its digital publications have been approved for use in place of paper equivalents by the USA, Lithuania and Belgium.
Mariners will now be able to send hydrographic information directly to the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) via mobile devices, after the organisation introduced its new ADMIRALTY H-Note App.
Hamburg-based developer SevenCs has announced that it has successfully incorporated the latest draft AML (Additional Military Layers) Portrayal Specification into its November releases of ENC Designer and SeeMyENC.
The UKHO has introduced the ADMIRALTY ENC Maintenance Record (NP133C), designed to help seafarers organise the paper records associated with maintenance of ENC and ECDIS.
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) claims that 58 per cent of all tankers obliged to implement an ECDIS system by July 2015 have yet to do so.
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