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UKHO urges AVCS users to check ECDIS compliance ahead of major inspection campaign Vigilance advised as IHO S-52 Presentation Library compliance deadline coincides with start of joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) Ahead of the IHO’s compliance deadline of 31 August 2017, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) today urged owners and operators to ensure their ECDIS systems are using S-52 Presentation Library Edition 4.0.

Vital to navigational safety, the presentation library in S-52 governs how ENC data is portrayed on ECDIS screens and supports consistent display of navigational information across type-approved ECDIS. The UKHO emphasised that the compliance deadline coincides with the launch of a worldwide joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Safety of Navigation by the Maritime Authorities of the Tokyo and the Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control. During the CIC, 10,000 global inspections are expected to be carried out between 1 September 2017 and 30 November 2017. These inspections could occur in any of the 27 member states of the Paris MoU or the 20 member authorities within the Tokyo MoU spanning Europe, Asia-Pacific and the North Atlantic Basin. This campaign includes a focus on the maintenance and compliance of on board ECDIS systems, meaning that owners risk deficiencies or detention if they fail to comply. UKHO recommends that ship owners and operators run a series of quick tests using the check datasets within their ECDIS to ensure ENCs contained within the ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) are displayed using the latest presentation library.

If the system is found to be running an old IHO Presentation Library, they should contact their ECDIS manufacturer, or an appropriate equipment maintenance company, to obtain software patches and resolve the issues. The IHO has produced guidance that details this process. Mr Tom Mellor, the Chairman of the IHO ENC Working Group and the UKHO’s Head of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Support and Digital Standards said: “Updating ECDIS to the IHO S-52 Presentation Library edition 4.0 is essential to remain compliant with SOLAS Safety of Navigation standards and ensure the consistent display of ENCs within AVCS across type approved ECDIS. An outdated presentation library poses a significant risk to safety on board, to other ships and to the marine environment, as well as to a company’s reputation and bottom line. With more inspections by Port State Authorities under the Paris and Tokyo MoUs, owners could face detention until the deficiency has been rectified. It is much easier, safer and smarter to take action now and make a few short checks to be sure. However, we shouldn’t just see the potential pitfalls of non-compliance. The new Presentation Library will be a huge benefit to bridge crews, making the display of ENCs more consistent and tackling the serious issue of alarm fatigue.” The UKHO has also produced an ‘ADMIRALTY Guide to Audits and Inspections’, which is designed to help crews prepare for all aspects of an ECDIS audit and includes a checklist with explanatory notes identifying key ECDIS related areas that could be examined during on board inspections. It can be downloaded for free from the ADMIRALTY website here.

T&E study finds 71% of new containerships comply with IMO’s post-2025 requirement

A new study by Transport & Environment (T&E) has revealed that roughly 71% of new containerships are compliant with the post-2025 requirements set by the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI).

The volume represents almost three-quarters of all the newly built containerships, which are responsible for emitting around a quarter of the carbon dioxide (CO2) released by the global shipping sector.

The newly released research was based on the analysis of data received from IMO. It found that the best 10% of new containerships are almost twice as efficient as required by the EEDI regulations that will come into effect in ten years’ time.

Additionally, the study evaluated the various ship types that are contributing to two-thirds of shipping sector’s CO2 emissions and found that apart from containerships, 69% of general cargo ships, 26% of new tankers and 13% of gas carriers exceed the EEDI’s 2025 requirements ten years ahead of schedule.

The best performing 10% of general cargo ships, tankers and gas carriers are respectively 57%, 35% and 42% more efficient than will be required by the EEDI during the period of 2013-2015, according to the research.

In addition, less than 1% of the 2,500 new ships analysed in the study were found to be using existing innovative energy efficiency technologies.

T&E shipping officer Faig Abbasov said: “This new analysis using official IMO data confirms earlier findings presented to the IMO by environmental groups: the energy efficiency standard is not fit for purpose to drive better designs or technological innovation.

“Ship owners, represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and BIMCO, have opposed tighter standards as part of efforts to drain all ambition out of IMO discussions on how shipping can decarbonise. Strengthening the EEDI is the lowest of low hanging fruit.

“If the IMO can’t take timely action on this issue because of industry opposition, how can it be expected to deliver an adequate response to the Paris Agreement?”

T&E further noted that the entire shipping sector is one of the rapidly growing sources of CO2 emissions and could account for more than 17% of global emissions by 2050 if no action is taken by the industry.

ICS and BIMCO are currently arguing that the sector cannot accept any ‘commitment or intention to place a binding cap on either the international shipping sector’s total CO2 emissions or the CO2 emissions of individual ships’.

Original: http://www.ship-technology.com/news/newste-study-finds-71-of-new-containerships-comply-with-imos-post-2025-requirement-5940185

UKHO urges AVCS users to check ECDIS compliance ahead of major inspection campaign

UKHO urges AVCS users to check ECDIS compliance ahead of major inspection campaign Vigilance advised as IHO S-52 Presentation Library compliance deadline coincides with start of joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) Ahead of the IHO’s compliance deadline of 31 August 2017, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) today urged owners and operators to ensure their ECDIS systems are using S-52 Presentation Library Edition 4.0.

Vital to navigational safety, the presentation library in S-52 governs how ENC data is portrayed on ECDIS screens and supports consistent display of navigational information across type-approved ECDIS. The UKHO emphasised that the compliance deadline coincides with the launch of a worldwide joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Safety of Navigation by the Maritime Authorities of the Tokyo and the Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control. During the CIC, 10,000 global inspections are expected to be carried out between 1 September 2017 and 30 November 2017. These inspections could occur in any of the 27 member states of the Paris MoU or the 20 member authorities within the Tokyo MoU spanning Europe, Asia-Pacific and the North Atlantic Basin. This campaign includes a focus on the maintenance and compliance of on board ECDIS systems, meaning that owners risk deficiencies or detention if they fail to comply. UKHO recommends that ship owners and operators run a series of quick tests using the check datasets within their ECDIS to ensure ENCs contained within the ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) are displayed using the latest presentation library.

If the system is found to be running an old IHO Presentation Library, they should contact their ECDIS manufacturer, or an appropriate equipment maintenance company, to obtain software patches and resolve the issues. The IHO has produced guidance that details this process. Mr Tom Mellor, the Chairman of the IHO ENC Working Group and the UKHO’s Head of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Support and Digital Standards said: “Updating ECDIS to the IHO S-52 Presentation Library edition 4.0 is essential to remain compliant with SOLAS Safety of Navigation standards and ensure the consistent display of ENCs within AVCS across type approved ECDIS. An outdated presentation library poses a significant risk to safety on board, to other ships and to the marine environment, as well as to a company’s reputation and bottom line. With more inspections by Port State Authorities under the Paris and Tokyo MoUs, owners could face detention until the deficiency has been rectified. It is much easier, safer and smarter to take action now and make a few short checks to be sure. However, we shouldn’t just see the potential pitfalls of non-compliance. The new Presentation Library will be a huge benefit to bridge crews, making the display of ENCs more consistent and tackling the serious issue of alarm fatigue.” The UKHO has also produced an ‘ADMIRALTY Guide to Audits and Inspections’, which is designed to help crews prepare for all aspects of an ECDIS audit and includes a checklist with explanatory notes identifying key ECDIS related areas that could be examined during on board inspections. It can be downloaded for free from the ADMIRALTY website here.