The latest issue of “The Navigator” published by The Nautical Institute reports on the issues surrounding a lack of familiarization with different ECDIS systems. The article which has the heading “Know your ECDIS – or risk detention” lays out several examples from Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) that has taken a strong stance on ECDIS competency as part of their Port State Control inspections.
Australian Port State Control (PSC) is known for taking a healthy interest in maritime safety, in fact the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has a strong reputation for enforcement.
One of the focus areas both in Australian ports and other ports around the world is compliance with ECDIS equipment. Recently AMSA delivered a report to IMO on the subject ECDIS and PSC inspection outlining issues of deficiencies leading to detention.
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