UKHO revises ENC and ECDIS Maintenance Record to support onboard maritime cyber risk management and ECDIS familiarisation
Source: Blue Comms , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Tue December 5, 2017 1:20 pm

LONDON. The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office has published a revised edition of the ADMIRALTY ENC and ECDIS Maintenance Record (NP133C). 

First published in 2014, this publication is designed to help mariners demonstrate compliance with IMO regulations during Port State Control inspections, with easy-to-use checklists and templates to record ECDIS annual performance checks and software maintenance.
 
For the first time, the record now provides guidance to help bridge crews record and manage cyber risks. This update has been 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 also made important clarifications on training requirements for ECDIS, stating that seafarers are not required to take type specific training at designated colleges but that companies are still responsible for ensuring all seafarers employed on their ships are familiarised with ECDIS.

To support this, the revised version NP133C now includes checklists designed to document and evidence that ECDIS familiarisation training has been completed, thus helping to ensure evidence can be provided during Port State Control inspections.
 
Thomas Mellor, head of OEM support and digital standards at the UKHO, commented: “The first edition of NPC133C was published in 2014 and has quickly become an invaluable asset on the bridge for users of the ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS). 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.”
 
“In the wake of the growing cyber-threat to shipping, NPC133C now also provides essential advice on how to mitigate cyber risk through recorded risk assessments in line with the IMO deadline of 1 January 2021 on cyber-security.”
 
UKHO have also updated their popular ‘Living with ECDIS’ Seminar series to include perspectives on industry initiatives on cyber-security, as well as advice on how owners and operators can ensure that their ships are compliant with upcoming changes to the ISM code.
 
To find out more about the updated edition of NP133C, please visit: https://www.admiralty.co.uk/publications/publications-and-reference-guides/ECDIS-and-ENC-reference-publications   
 
To find out more about UKHO’s ‘Living with ECDIS’ Seminars and register for UKHO’s free seminars at Marintec China, taking place between 5-7 December, please visit: https://www.admiralty.co.uk/news/all-news/ukho-living-with-ecdis-seminars

Photo Captions:
1. (above)  For the first time, the record now provides guidance to help bridge crews record and manage cyber risks.
2. (inset)  For illustrative purposes only (File photo)

About the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office
We are the UK Government’s hydrographic and marine geospatial experts with two key roles: we support the needs of Defence for hydrographic products and services (such as navigational charts, tide tables, etc.); and we discharge the UK’s obligation to provide hydrographic products and services needed for safe passage in UK waters. We do the latter on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention.

In addition, we represent the UK at the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), which formulates worldwide standards for hydrography and hydrographic products and services, and we have specialist departments, such as the Law of the Sea and HM Nautical Almanac Office, that support all areas of Government.

Our market-leading portfolio of ADMIRALTY Maritime Products & Services is found on over 90% of the world’s ships trading internationally. Relied upon by mariners for over 200 years, our portfolio provides the most comprehensive range of SOLAS-compliant charts, publications and digital services to keep crews, cargo and ships safe.

The UKHO is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and a trading fund. This allows us to operate as a self-funding organisation in the digital era and sustain our position in the long term.

 

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