Statutory Alert: Port state control – detentions due to incorrect use of charts

22 July 2014

Please your attention for the following:

Recent analysis of Australian port state control (PSC) deficiencies has revealed several detentions due to incorrect use of charts. The Australian Maritime Safety Agency (AMSA) has also reported an apparent increase in the use of unofficial charts, with instances of ships using scanned and printed charts to navigate through environmentally critical areas such as the Great Barrier Reef.

AMSA continues to remind masters and operators of ships coming to Australia that carriage of appropriate navigational charts is critical to safe operations and protection of the marine environment. This issue affects all ships, not just those trading to Australia. Therefore, all owners and operators should ensure that charts and nautical publications are always correct and up-to-date for the present and the next intended voyage.

For further information

Please contact your Classification Society for more details. You can also contact Datema for information on how to use charts correctly and how to obtain appropriate navigational charts.

Source: Lloyd's Register Marine

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