AMSA notice and guidance on ECDIS for ships calling in Australia

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued Marine Notice 7/2012 – Guidance on ECDIS for ships calling at Australian ports, which aims to clarify some of the emerging issues relating to the carriage requirements for Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) and provide guidance to ships fitted with ECDIS calling at Australian ports.

Two flow charts that address ECDIS related issues and which will be used by AMSA’s Port State Control Officers (PSCO) are included. The flow charts outline ECDIS-related implementation and operational issues and the related deficiencies that could be invoked by AMSA’s PSCOs.

As mandatory carriage of ECDIS will be phased in from 1 July, 2012, owners and operators of ECDIS-fitted ships are encouraged to take the guidance in Marine Notice 7/2012 into account.

AMSA’s PSCOs will increasingly focus on the means by which ships meet their SOLAS chart carriage requirements and the effectiveness with which the navigational task is being conducted.

AMSA’s Marine Notice 7/2012 is available on their website here 

Contact: John Boreman