The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced that it will be bringing its renowned ECDIS seminars to next week’s SMM maritime trade fair in Hamburg. The UKHO’s ECDIS seminars will focus on ECDIS Implementation, Policy and Procedures and are free to attend for all SMM delegates.
Led by Captain Paul Hailwood, an internationally renowned expert on ECDIS and integrated bridge operations, the UKHO’s ECDIS seminars have been designed to give all parties within the shipping industry a better understanding of how best to implement ECDIS on board, including compliance with SOLAS regulations on the carriage of ECDIS and port state control requirements.
The UKHO’s ‘ECDIS Implementation, Policies and Procedures’ Seminar will take place at 11.30am on Tuesday 9 September, Wednesday 10 September and Thursday 11 September, in the meeting room situated on the first floor of Hall B6 at SMM. Attendees will be able to submit their ECDIS questions in advance and throughout the seminar and will also receive complimentary ADMIRALTY reference material.
Speaking ahead of SMM, Captain Paul Hailwood said:
“ECDIS can play a pivotal role in supporting safe, compliant and efficient navigation, but the implementation process is complex. It is imperative that all parties in the shipping industry have a clear understanding of how ECDIS operating procedures should be incorporated into onboard safety management systems, safety procedures and risk assessments. I would encourage everyone attending SMM to come along to our seminars to learn more and to have their ECDIS questions answered.”
Places at the UKHO’s ECDIS Seminars at SMM can be booked at: www.regonline.co.uk/SMMHamburg2014.
SMM delegates can learn about the full range of ADMIRALTY products and services at the UKHO stand, located at stand 421 in Hall B6. The UKHO team will be on hand to demonstrate the full array of the UKHO’s world-leading digital and paper nautical products, including the ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service, ADMIRALTY Digital Publications, ADMIRALTY e-Nautical Publications and ADMIRALTY e-Navigator, as well as ADMIRALTY paper charts and nautical publications.
Among the UKHO’s latest nautical publications is the ‘ADMIRALTY Guide to ECDIS Implementation, Policy and Procedures (NP232)’, which is designed to support the transition to ECDIS and the development of ECDIS policies and procedures. NP232 is the third in a series of titles, alongside the ‘ADMIRALTY Guide to the Practical Use of ENCs (NP231)’ and the ‘ADMIRALTY Guide to ENC Symbols Used in ECDIS (NP5012)’, which together provide the mariner with an extensive library of information and guidance to support their use of ECDIS.
About the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office
1. UKHO, an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence, has been charting the world’s oceans for more than 200 years with the primary aim of providing navigational products and services for the Royal Navy and merchant mariners to save and protect lives at sea. In addition it serves small craft and leisure mariners and provides a range of consultancy services.
2. UKHO also plays a central role, in support of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, in discharging the navigation element of the UK’s Safety of Life at Sea Treaty obligations for waters of UK national responsibility.
3. UKHO produces a worldwide series of some 3, 500 paper nautical charts, 200 publications under the ADMIRALTY brand and Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs). The ADMIRALTY portfolio is sold globally and used by nearly 70% of international shipping.