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01 March 2016

ADMIRALTY Guide to Identifying Counterfeit ADMIRALTY Products

​​We are asking users of ADMIRALTY Maritime Products & Services to be aware of counterfeit products that are currently in circulation.

Counterfeit products have not been issued officially by or on the authority of a Government, authorised Hydrographic Office or other relevant Government institution and do not satisfy the carriage requirements of the International Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea (see ​Chapter V, Regulations 2.2 and of the Convention). Furthermore, they have not undergone the rigorous checking procedures which take place for official versions; posing a significant safety risk to vessels, crews and cargo.

Our short counterfeit guide can help you to identify genuine ADMIRALTY products and reduce the risk of counterfeits being used for navigation.​

Download the ADMIRALTY Guide to Identifying Counterfeit ADMIRALTY Products​ ​


If you do find a counterfeit product, please inform the UKHO by contacting our customer services team. Details of where and when the product was purchased, photographs and ideally the product itself should be provided to help us identify the source.​