The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has launched the ADMIRALTY ENC Maintenance Record (NP133C), designed to streamline the management of paper records of ENC and ECDIS maintenance and make information on official digital charts more accessible for bridge crews.
The ADMIRALTY ENC Maintenance Record aids inspections, assists SOLAS chapter V carriage compliance and streamlines information management. It is similar to the Paper Chart Maintenance Record (NP133A), also produced by UKHO.
It is laid out in nine logical sections, with clear templates for bridge crews to utilise in order to make administrative processes faster and more efficient. Also, by consolidating records into one well-organised folder, it enables inspectors and auditors to quickly see that ENCs and ECDIS are well managed. The nine sections are:
1. Digital Chart Service Certificate
2. Schedule A
3. ENC Status
4. Temporary and Preliminary Notices to Mariners and ADMIRALTY Information Overlay status
5. Important Service Notices (e.g. the README file )
6. Section VIII of ADMIRALTY NMs
7. Cancelled and Withdrawn ENCs
8. Maintenance of ECDIS
9. ECDIS Installation
The folder sections encourage the bridge crew to store additional material on general ECDIS maintenance. If all sections are completed and kept up-to-date, the folder can be used as part of the handover process and can be easily integrated into the Safety Management System to aid ISM compliance.
Susie Alder, UKHO Product Manager commented:
“We are delighted to announce the launch of the ADMIRALTY ENC Maintenance Record (NP133C). Similar to our paper chart equivalent (NP133A), NP133C provides an efficient structure for ENC and ECDIS maintenance. We are confident that our customers will find the ENC Maintenance Record an effective aid to the challenge of managing ENC and ECDIS maintenance and an excellent point of reference, streamlining bridge administration.”
The ENC Maintenance Record (NP133C) is available to purchase now. For further details and a list of UKHO chart agents, visit the UKHO website at: http://www.ukho.gov.uk/ProductsandServices/Pages/Home.aspx