Please allow me to present, the very useful (and completely free, forever)... www.NoticeMate.co.uk
What does it do?
- Search/filter all current M-notices
- Download a zip of all notices
- Download a pdf index of all notices with links to gov.uk
- Whatever you want! Reply below with requests.
Why make it?
I was recently given the task of downloading a full set of notices to my ship. I dread to think how long this would have taken manually (over VSAT)!
Instead I wrote a script that checks the Gov.Uk website, then creates a zip containing all MSNs, MGNs and MINs. Then I thought it might be useful to others, so I uploaded it. The index is automatically updated every night.
Is it free?
Yes. Websites like this are cheap to run. If the website becomes popular then I may consider contacting potential advertisers to cover costs.
I'd like to add a news feed (RSS) that updates when notices are added or removed. I'm happy to take requests.
I think I love you.
This trip I spent about 4 days creating a full index of M-Notices for the ship, and hyperlinking them all to the pdf files, my next plan was to download all the ones we don't currently have as pdf to make the paper volumes completely obsolete. I was not looking forward to it but I do like to do a full job when I start something, you have made my day!!
There's a company we use called regs ships. They send you a cd once a month. You need to talk your companies into not being so cheap ;-)
alistairuk (24th November 2015)
Nice, well done! Think you're IT skills might be wasted at sea!
Someone who valet parks ships.
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