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Kiel Canal, Germany
Strike ended, Canal operations resumed
Friday, April 22, 2016, Kiel Canal, Germany
The strike action at the Kiel Canal ended at 0600 hours local time this morning (22 April) and the Canal is now back in service.(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent  

Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)
Friday, April 22, 2016, Australia
The phased carriage requirement of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) is underway and is scheduled to be completed by 2018……Ship owners and operators need to ensure careful management and regular maintenance of both ECDIS hardware and software. MSC.1/Circ.1503 contains guidance on maintenance of ECDIS software and identifies the need to keep ECDIS updated to meet the current International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) standards……A list of known ECDIS anomalies is included in MSC.1/Circ.1503. Due to the complex nature of ECDIS, and because it involves a mix of hardware, software and data, it is possible (but considered not likely) that further undetected anomalies may exist. The existence of anomalies highlights the importance of maintaining ECDIS software to ensure the correct display of up-to-date electronic navigational charts.

To help understand the extent of these anomalies, navigating officers are encouraged to report any such anomalies, including specific details regarding fitted equipment, to their flag State authority….

(For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)

Source: Extract from Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Marine Notice 8/2016 dated April 2016 – for the full Notice, go to https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html  

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