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The digital trends for shipping harnessing geospatial data | News | ADMIRALTY digital trends for shipping harnessing geospatial data | News | ADMIRALTY2020-06-23T23:00:00ZThe digital trends for shipping, harnessing geospatial data<p>​</p><p>It is hard to think about any part of our everyday lives that has not been changed by the digital and data revolution. The same is true for the global shipping industry, with digitalisation and vast amounts of data playing a crucial role in shaping the future of the global economy.</p><p> <br></p><p>Perhaps the most profound way in which this big data will impact the maritime industry is by 'building resilience'. The shipping industry, global supply chains and the entire marine economy is facing its fair share of disruptions and challenges. From shaping our response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, to the challenges of safe navigation, blue economic growth, climate change and ocean stewardship - marine data will be at the heart of the solutions for all of these.  </p><p> </p><p>At the UK Hydrographic Office, we are in a fortunate position to mould and adapt the developments in digital and data science and see them in action in real-world situations.</p><p> </p><p>Many governments and marine organisations around the world are recognising that the ocean is critical to many aspects of our day-to-day lives. As an island nation, we in the UK have over 90% of our physical imports arrive by sea. Furthermore, in the UK alone, the maritime sector supports over half a million jobs and contributes more than £47 billion to the economy each year. With the food we eat, our energy needs, coastal infrastructure and many of our livelihoods depending on our marine sector, technological innovation will be crucial.</p><p> </p><p><strong>More data and greater accuracy </strong></p><p>To enable the maritime industry to build the technology and interact with our oceans in a way that guarantees sustainability, innovation will be key. Many industries see data as the fuel for innovation, and this goes hand in hand with building the foundations for a modern, resilient maritime industry.</p><p> </p><p>Geospatial data is one area that is having a profound impact in shaping the future of the maritime industry. This data is unlocking the potential for the marine industry to grow in a balanced and sustainable way.</p><p> </p><p>As part of this transformation, the field of geospatial data is undergoing one of the greatest technological developments in terms of how we collect data. With cutting-edge LiDAR and Satellite-Derived Bathymetry, we are significantly increasing the pace and scale with which we can collect data with a high degree of accuracy. This enables the development of digital twins, merging the once disparate domains of land and sea. </p><p> </p><p>Furthermore, with autonomous surveys, we are adding a new technological edge to how we conduct surveys, allowing us to be quicker, more consistent and potentially more cost-effective. We are also developing machine learning algorithms as part of the data cleansing process which could help us to increase the efficiency of data processing. </p><p> </p><p><strong>Leveraging the value of geospatial data</strong></p><p>A big part of the puzzle that will unlock the potential of this data within the marine economy is ensuring that the innovation in the collection, analysis and dissemination is translated to provide tangible benefits. </p><p> </p><p>For example, improved location-based geospatial data will unlock safer navigation options for vessels and at speeds optimised for tidal streams. This can streamline shipping operations and potentially reduce CO2 emissions. For coastal nations, geospatial data can support coastal defence projects against the impact of climate change, as well as supporting their ocean economies.  This data can also support the growth of our economies and develop infrastructure whilst protecting delicate marine environments.</p><p> </p><p>Bringing the benefits of geospatial data to the front line of the marine industry depends on strong collaboration between the members of the industry. We are already seeing strong collaboration between governments, NGOs and the global hydrographic community through multilateral agreements and initiatives such as the UN's Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Many of the challenges we face are global in nature and our response is rightly a collective endeavour, working in partnership and sharing information. </p><p> </p><p>There is a bright future for the role of accurate and reliable marine data, and the UKHO is at the heart of it, working alongside the hydrographic community and at the side of the mariner. The hallmark of its potential is all about building resilience and realising opportunity, both now and in the future.<br></p><p><br></p><h4 class="admiraltyElement-H4">This blog was written by Jonathan Lewis, Lead Geospatial Information Systems Developer at the UKHO . <br></h4><p><br></p>
The importance of ENC and ECDIS familiarisation | News | ADMIRALTY importance of ENC and ECDIS familiarisation | News | ADMIRALTY2020-06-10T23:00:00ZThe importance of ENC and ECDIS familiarisation<p style="text-align:left;">The use of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) is mandated by the IMO due to the many safety benefits they bring; these include automatic updating, route verification and automatic alerts – to name a few. But, to fully realise the potential of ECDIS, bridge teams must be confident in using these systems. This means being able to configure the system's safety settings, being able to interpret the ENC symbology, and being able to understand how different ECDIS settings will affect ENC display.</p><p style="text-align:left;">This can sound like a list of fundamentals, but achieving these things can be become difficult when mariners are under pressure: whether operating in bad weather or facing busy and intricate approaches, as well as the many other factors teams can face at sea.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Therefore, it's important that bridge teams undertake regular ENC and ECDIS familiarisation training so that they have refreshed and up-to-date knowledge that can be easily recalled in both calm and challenging situations.<br></p> <br> <h2 class="admiraltyElement-H2"> Investigating recent vessel groundings</h2><p style="text-align:left;">As the Chairman of the <a href="">IHO's ENC Standards Maintenance Working Group</a>, it's my responsibility to lead development and maintenance of all IHO standards, enforcing which apply to ENC production, security and data display in ECDIS. Part of this task involves assessing accident reports of vessel groundings. These reports not only highlight safety issues related to the use of ENCs or ECDIS, but also allow us to identify possible shortcomings in IHO technical standards which may need investigation or immediate correction. </p><p style="text-align:left;">Two recent accident reports have caught my attention; one from the <a href="">Australian Transport Safety Bureau</a> on the grounding of Australian Border Force cutter Roebuck Bay, and another from the <a href="">Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation</a> on the grounding of motor tanker Pazifik. </p><p style="text-align:left;">Both reports highlighted a common issue: the navigating officers had either misinterpreted the chart symbology or believed that the 'Isolated Danger' symbol wasn't a hazard to their vessel.<br></p> <br> <h2 class="admiraltyElement-H2"> Understanding ENC symbology</h2><p style="text-align:left;">The 'Isolated Danger' symbol is displayed in ECDIS using a conspicuous magenta octagon symbol, as shown below:<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Blog%20Images/Isolated_Danger.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:left;"></p><p style="text-align:left;">This represents obstructions, rocks or wrecks with a depth value of <em>less</em> than the mariner-defined safety contour and which lie within the safe waters defined by the safety contour. This symbol can be used on point, line and area features if they pose a danger to the vessel. </p><p style="text-align:left;"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=6828029c-41f1-4124-bef3-6404266560b7&TermSetId=41e4d507-3ce2-45c5-9546-770d62bf0bc6&TermId=ccff489f-5ddc-48d6-851c-d0bc557347f0">IHO S-52 Presentation Library Edition 4.0</a> requires that ECDIS have an additional function to highlight all isolated dangers that fall in the unsafe water behind the safety contour, as experience has shown that vessels often have to cross the safety contour when navigating in confined waters.</p><p style="text-align:left;">As the aforementioned reports have shown, the importance of recognising and understanding the significance of the 'Isolated Danger' symbol cannot be underestimated. It's vital that navigators have a clear understanding of all the symbology used to display ENC data, as well as the ability to accurately interpret the display of that data in ECDIS.</p><p style="text-align:left;">If mariners are not familiar with any ENC symbols in use within the ECDIS display, ECDIS Chart 1 (a legend of the entire set of symbols that may be used within an ENC) is installed on all type-approved systems.</p> <br> <h2 class="admiraltyElement-H2"> The importance of familiarisation training</h2><p style="text-align:left;">Like the recommendations in the reports I have read, I believe the key to improving this situation lies in regular ECDIS and ENC familiarisation training, combined with auditing to ensure its effectiveness. </p><p style="text-align:left;">By having regular refresher training, mariners will be able to realise the full safety benefits of ECDIS and recall important information in times of stress and pressure. In addition to this, carrying out regular familiarisation training will also support international requirements with which shipping companies have to comply, including the <a href="">International Safety Management (ISM) Code</a> and the <a href="">International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW)</a>.</p><p style="text-align:left;">In February 2017, the IMO made important clarifications on training requirements for ECDIS, stating that seafarers are not required to provide documentary evidence of familiarisation training but that companies are still responsible for ensuring all seafarers employed on their ships are familiarised with ECDIS. <br></p><p style="text-align:left;">Here at the UK Hydrographic Office, we have developed many publications, in both digital and paper format, that can help you to carry out this familiarisation:<br></p><p style="text-align:left;"></p><ul><li><p class="admiraltyElement-P"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=6828029c-41f1-4124-bef3-6404266560b7&TermSetId=41e4d507-3ce2-45c5-9546-770d62bf0bc6&TermId=6fbbc1c7-2348-4a03-9975-f98b93078634"> <strong>ADMIRALTY ENC and ECDIS Maintenance Record (NP133C)</strong></a> - Includes checklists designed to document and evidence that ECDIS familiarisation training has been completed, thus helping to ensure evidence can be provided during Port State Control inspections.<br></p></li></ul><p></p><p style="text-align:left;"></p><ul><li><p class="admiraltyElement-P"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=6828029c-41f1-4124-bef3-6404266560b7&TermSetId=41e4d507-3ce2-45c5-9546-770d62bf0bc6&TermId=6fbbc1c7-2348-4a03-9975-f98b93078634"><strong>ADMIRALTY Guide to the Practical Use of ENCs (NP231)</strong></a> – A reference guide designed to help bridge crews, trainers and those responsible for risk and safety management to gain an understanding of practical ENC use. Divided into seven chapters, content includes information on the construction of an ENC, the influence of ECDIS display settings and how they can be optimised.<br></p></li></ul><p></p><p style="text-align:left;"></p><ul><li><p class="admiraltyElement-P"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=6828029c-41f1-4124-bef3-6404266560b7&TermSetId=41e4d507-3ce2-45c5-9546-770d62bf0bc6&TermId=6fbbc1c7-2348-4a03-9975-f98b93078634"><strong>ADMIRALTY Guide to Implementation, Policy and Procedures (NP232)</strong></a> - Guidance on the efficient integration of ECDIS across fleets, with clear information to help fleet managers to adopt ECDIS efficiently and ensure ECDIS implementation is fit for purpose. Content also includes guidance on ECDIS policies and procedures to assist crews, fleet managers and those involved in the development of detailed ECDIS operating procedures to ensure ECDIS is adequately covered. <br></p></li></ul><p></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P"></p><ul><li><p class="admiraltyElement-P"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=6828029c-41f1-4124-bef3-6404266560b7&TermSetId=41e4d507-3ce2-45c5-9546-770d62bf0bc6&TermId=6fbbc1c7-2348-4a03-9975-f98b93078634"><strong>ADMIRALTY Guide to ENC symbols used in ECDIS (NP5012)</strong> </a>- Offers detailed explanations and descriptions of both traditional and simplified forms of ENC symbols displayed in ECDIS, ensuring bridge crews possess the knowledge needed to navigate safely.</p></li></ul> <strong></strong> <p></p> <br> <p class="admiraltyElement-P">There is also free guidance that can help you develop your understanding of ECDIS and ENCs:<br></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P"></p><ul><li><p class="admiraltyElement-P"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=6828029c-41f1-4124-bef3-6404266560b7&TermSetId=41e4d507-3ce2-45c5-9546-770d62bf0bc6&TermId=9874317b-45b8-446e-9abd-9d6fd5ffe425"> <strong>Quick Guide to ENC Symbols</strong></a> – A reference guide that can help you to identify some of the lesser known symbols found on ENCs. Each symbol covered in this guide can be quickly interpreted using the image, explanation and additional information provided to support safe navigation using ECDIS.<br></p></li></ul><p></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P"></p><ul><li><p class="admiraltyElement-P"> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=6828029c-41f1-4124-bef3-6404266560b7&TermSetId=41e4d507-3ce2-45c5-9546-770d62bf0bc6&TermId=d2e6b468-8f38-4aef-8f27-3bc8ac1dae22"> <strong>CATZOC</strong> </a>– A guide to interpreting Category Zones of Confidence. </p><br> </li></ul><div><h4 class="admiraltyElement-H4">This blog was written by Thomas Mellor, the Head of OEM Technical Support and Digital Standards at the UKHO​. <br></h4> <br> </div><p></p>


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