Launch of From Paper Charts to ECDIS by The Nautical Institute
Advice and practical assistance to help cope with the extra risks posed by the transition from navigating by paper charts to navigating by ECDIS are given in a new book published by The Nautical Institute. The second edition of From Paper Charts to ECDIS offers practical guidance to the shipping industry on equipment, training and operational practices. In the four years since the publication of the first edition, members of The Nautical Institute’s Sea Going Correspondence Group (SGCG) have amassed additional experience of using ECDIS and that has been assessed and distilled into this volume.
Author Captain Harry Gale FNI 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.”
Speaking at the launch, the Institute’s Chief Executive, Philip Wake FNI, described the second edition as timely. “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.”
He pointed out the scope of the Institute’s work to support those involved in this transition. “Many of you will be familiar with Dr Andy Norris’s book ECDIS and Positioning. The checklists in that book have provided the substantive element of the industry’s recommendations for ECDIS training and familiarisation.” These rHe pointed out the scope of the Institute’s work to support those involved in this transition. “Many of you will be familiar with Dr Andy Norris’s book ECDIS and Positioning. The checklists in that book have provided the substantive element of the industry’s recommendations for ECDIS training and familiarisation.” These recommendations were drawn up by a group coordinated by the Institute and are included as appendices to the second edition of From Paper Charts to ECDIS.
He expressed the hope that the book would take people right through to 2018 and that by then everyone would have got their training right, especially in support of experienced mariners who trained originally on paper charts.
The book was launched at the E-Navigation Revolution conference in London where the transition risks were examined.
From Paper Charts to ECDIs is available from The Nautical Institute price: £20; ISBN: 978 1 906915 17 9 http://www.nautinst.org/pubs
The Nautical Institute is the international professional body for qualified seafarers and others with an interest in nautical matters. It provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world. Founded in 1972, it has over 40 branches world-wide and some 7, 000 members in over 110 countries. In 2012, the Institute was the proud recipient of the Training Award for its range of human element videos at the Lloyd’s List Global Awards.