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'From Paper Charts to ECDIS' second edition

The Nautical Institute has released the second edition of ‘From Paper Charts to ECDIS’ which offers practical guidance to the shipping industry on equipment, training and operational practices.

The NI says that in the four years since the publication of the first edition, members of its Sea Going Correspondence Group (SGCG) have amassed additional experience of using ECDIS and that has been assessed and distilled into this volume.

The new book gives advice and practical assistance to help cope with the extra risks posed by the transition from navigating by paper charts to navigating by ECDIS.

Author Captain Harry Gale commented, “As well as supporting its members through this fundamental change, The Nautical Institute wants to ensure that the best practice encapsulated in this second edition, incorporating experience at sea, reaches as wide an audience as possible throughout the industry.”

“Bridge procedures have to be amended to accommodate the very different working practices needed for using ECDIS and failure to instigate the discipline of being alert and engaged when using ECDIS may lead to distraction, complacency and ultimately accidents.”

The Institute’s chief executive Philip Wake noted, “When we brought out the first edition four years ago, the industry was just beginning to realise that it needed to provide training for crews in the lead-up to the mandatory introduction of ECDIS. The members of our Sea Going Correspondence Group have helped us offer practical strategies for those who are faced with dealing with the transition from paper charts to ECDIS.”

‘From Paper Charts to ECDIS’ is available from The Nautical Institute at the price of £20.

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