ADMIRALTY Support That Helps You to Remain Compliant

Date: August 13, 2014

Chart deficiencies are continuing to threaten the safety of crews and increase the risk of detention for ships at sea. In fact, PARIS MoU – a leading Port State Control Organisation – is one of the many authorities highlighting an increase in non compliance, with the percentage of deficiencies recorded under their ‘Safety of Navigation’ category rising to 13.98% in 2013.

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The Quick Guide to ENC Symbols

Date: July 14, 2014

To help those navigating on ECDIS to interpret ENCs quickly and correctly, the ‘ADMIRALTY Guide to ENC Symbols used in ECDIS’ (NP5012) offers detailed explanation of ENC symbols and the factors affecting their portrayal in ECDIS.

ADMIRALTY Quick Guide to ENC Symbols

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Four New Features We’ve Added to ADMIRALTY Digital Publications That Aid Passage Planning (Part 2)

Date: June 17, 2014


We’ve recently added a number of new features to ADMIRALTY Digital Publications which will help to simplify your passage planning tasks, allowing you to make quicker, more informed decisions on the bridge.

Having taken a look at viewing ADP products as an overlay in Planning Station and using ADP’s Print Preview function in our last post, we’ll now talk you through the new Marine Service Area Menu in ADMIRALTY Digital Radio Signals Volume 6 (ADRS 6) and the recent release of ADMIRALTY Digital Radio Signals Volume 2 (ADRS 2).

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Four New Features We’ve Added to ADMIRALTY Digital Publications That Aid Passage Planning (Part 1)

Date: June 5, 2014


We regularly add new features to all our electronic ADMIRALTY Nautical Products & Services, allowing you to take full advantage of the latest benefits in digital passage planning and navigation.

ADMIRALTY Digital Publications (ADP) is one of the latest products to receive one of these upgrades, with Version 14.1 helping you to simplify your passage planning tasks.

Here we take a look at viewing ADP products as an overlay in Planning Station‘s Applications Screen and using ADP’s Print Preview function to display compliance. Make sure you revisit the blog next week when we discuss the Marine Service Area Menu that’s been added to ADMIRALTY Digital Radio Signals Volume 6 (ADRS 6) and the recent release of ADMIRALTY Digital Radio Signals Volume 2.

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Register for one of our free-to-attend seminars on ECDIS Implementation, Policy and Procedures at Posidonia

Date: May 28, 2014

We’re pleased to announce that the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) will be holding a series of free-to-attend ECDIS Implementation, Policy and Procedures seminars at Posidonia 2014. Led by Captain Paul Hailwood, an internationally renowned expert on ECDIS and integrated bridge operations, the UKHO’s ECDIS seminars have been designed to help give all parties within the shipping industry a better understanding of how best to implement ECDIS.

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How to Install Your ADMIRALTY Digital Publications 3 Month Free Trial

Date: May 20, 2014

You can now experience all the benefits of using our ADMIRALTY Digital Publications (ADP) by installing our free 3 month trial.

ADMIRALTY Digital Publications help to reduce time and effort spent making manual corrections by giving you fast, accurate updates and easy access to information you need. ADP also provide the same compliance as traditional ADMIRALTY paper-based Nautical Publications and are approved by the Flag States of the majority of ships trading internationally. The full range, which now includes ADMIRALTY Digital Radio Signals Volume 2, is available for use during the trial.

Tags: Admiralty, Admiralty Digital Publications, digital navigation, Facebook, maritime, Navigation, Shipping, UKHO

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Charting Da Nang, one of Vietnam’s fastest growing ports

Date: May 15, 2014

In line with the rapid expansion of the Vietnamese maritime sector, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is expanding and updating its range of ADMIRALTY Nautical Products & Services in the area. In this blog we focus on the growing need for accurate planning and navigational information in the port of Da Nang – a major port covered by our new range of ADMIRALTY charts.

Tags: Admiralty, Charts, electronic navigational charts, ENC, standard nautical charts, UKHO, United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, Vietnam

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Keeping pace with Vietnam’s rapid growth

Date: April 3, 2014

Recently the UKHO expanded and updated its range of ADMIRALTY nautical products & services, with a focus on the busy shipping waters of Vietnam. Here, we take a look at the country’s rapid growth, the recent investment in its port infrastructure and what this means for ships trading in Vietnam. 

Tags: Admiralty, electronic navigational charts, ENC, ocean routing charts, SNC, standard nautical charts, UKHO, United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, Vietnam

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In the news…record Malacca Straits transits and ‘smart ships’

Date: February 21, 2014

This week we look at the increased traffic volumes in the Malacca Straits transit and how ‘smart ships’ offering operating efficiencies could save up to $1m per vessel per year.

Malacca Straits transits hits all time high – The Malacca waterway is a key passage for the Asian and European trade as well as a barometer for the health of world trade. According to Seatrade, last year saw a huge increase in traffic volumes in the Straits, surpassing the 2008 peak. According to data from the Marine Department of Malaysia’s STRAITREP reporting system, there were 77,973 transits of the Malacca Strait last year by vessels of 300 gross tonnes or more, passing the previous high of 76,381 in 2008. Traffic volumes in the Straits grew 22% during the so-called super-cycle that shipping experienced from 2005-2008, with the number of transits rising from 62,621 in 2005 to 76,381 in 2008. However, due to the global financial crisis, the number of transits fell to 71,359 in 2009, a year that also saw a 12% fall in global trade. The increase in traffic in this key waterway is good news in terms of the balance of supply and demand in shipping.  However, it also presents challenges when it comes to the safety of navigation, particularly in the large tanker segment, where the deepwater route is little more than 1 km wide at its narrowest point. Despite the financial crisis, VLCC traffic showed a strong 20% growth in the last five years and the number of VLCCs transiting the Malacca Straits hit 4,825 last year, at an average of 13.2 transits a day, with the growth in Chinese crude oil imports from the Middle East seen as a major driver.

Malacca Strait transit

Tags: communications, Malacca Straits, Malacca waterway, operational efficiencies, ship efficiency, shipping traffic, Singapore Straits, UK Chamber of Shipping

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In the news… sailing the Northwest Passage and protecting the Great Barrier Reef

Date: February 14, 2014


This week we talk about a Danish shipping firm’s plans for more voyages through the Northwest Passage and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s efforts to protect sensitive shipping waters.

Danish shipping firm plans more Northwest Passage voyages – Nordic Bulk Carriers, the Danish shipping company that made the first commercial transit of the Northwest Passage, plans to increase its shipments through the legendary waterway next year. The firm’s Nordic Orion made history last September when it hauled 15,000 tonnes of coal to Finland from Vancouver through waters that were once impenetrable ice, saving the company around $200,000 according to Sustainable Shipping. Despite these recent developments, it is still argued that the Northwest Passage lacks adequate nautical chart coverage, ports, search and rescue stations and icebreakers. However, Christian Bonfils of Nordic Bulk carriers seems confident that the profit motive will encourage owners to make use of the waterway in order to cut their fuel bill: “Where there’s cargo to make money, ships will go.”

Tags: aids to navigation, AMSA, Coral Sea, Great Barrier Reef, Northwest Passage, Shipping, Torres Strait

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