UKHO publishes revised ECDIS compliance aid

The UK Hydrographic Office has published a revised edition of ADMIRALTY ENC and ECDIS Maintenance Record (NP133C), a publication designed to help mariners demonstrate compliance with IMO regulations during Port State Control inspections.

The record now provides guidance to help bridge crews record and manage cyber risks. The update was developed in line with guidance published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), stating that approved safety management systems (SMS) should consider cyber risk management in line with the ISM code before January 2021. NP133C has been revised to help mariners achieve this by providing a checklist to document threats and procedures to mitigate risk to ships.

In February 2017 the IMO clarified the training requirements for ECDIS, stating that seafarers were not required to take type specific training at designated colleges but that companies were still responsible for ensuring that all seafarers employed on their ships were familiarized with ECDIS.

The revised version NP133C now includes checklists designed to document and evidence that ECDIS familiarization training has been completed.

Thomas Mellor, head of OEM support and digital standards at the UKHO, said that “shipping’s regulatory landscape is constantly changing and these important revisions to the ENC Maintenance Record reflect that shifting picture. Mariners need to be able to accurately and efficiently follow and record ENC and ECDIS management processes on the bridge. This can make the difference between passing an inspection and being found in breach of regulations, with the significant impact that this can have for the vessel and voyage, including potential detention in port.”

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