The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has published a revised edition of the Admiralty ENC and ECDIS Maintenance Record (NP133C).
First released 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.
The update has been developed in line with guidance published by the IMO, stating that approved safety management systems should consider cyber risk mitigation in line with the International Safety Management (ISM) code before January 2021.
NP133C has been revised to help mariners achieve this by providing a checklist to document threats and procedures to minimize risk to ships.
In February this year, the IMO 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.
“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,” says Thomas Mellor, head of OEM support and digital standards at the UKHO.
UKHO has also updated its 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.