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    Ladies and gentlemen hello. May I introduce myself, I am currently a full time employee of the RNLI and am studying for an MSc in Maritime Studies at Portsmouth university. My project of study is to ascertain the use of electronic navigation displays in maritime Search and Rescue(SAR). I am specifically looking at whether by the adoption of this fantastic new technology we have had more accidents or incidents down to it's use/mis-use/failure or limitation. I am looking at the leisure market and the professional mariner in this study. On the flip side I am looking at how SAR Units(both lifeboats and helicopters) use such displays. Do they find them easy to use, greatly assist the search or just another tool to use. I am also asking what information they would like the 'ideal' system to display.
    I am also looking for incidents where navigation displays played a good or bad role in the situation and lessons that were learned. A few incidents have arisen such as navigating at 21 kts down a river and hitting a sandbank clearly marked with 6 buoys. An explanation to the CG was 'I was following my waypoints'. I am not trying to ridicule or belittle anyone but am looking for lessons so that others can learn from them. On the flipside the Board of Inquiry into HMS NOTTINGHAM hitting Wolf rock off Lord Howe Island specified that this incident probably would not have happened had electronic charting been in use. Any input will be anonymous and I will be sharing the findings of my project with the RNLI to aid in the saving lives at sea.
    My own background was in the Royal Navy spending 13 years as an bridge watchkeeping officer and I have been with the RNLI for the last 4 years as an inspector/manager here in Scotland.
    In order to help me compile data I have compiled a survey found here;

    If you are willing to help please click on the link and complete the survey. If you wish to discuss this further or wish to relate a specific story to me please contact me here or leave your email address in the survey. I thank you, fair winds and following seas.

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    Survey Completed.

    You may or may not be aware, the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments have brought in new rules regarding the carriage and training for ECDIS in the commercial world. This includes the mandatory carriage of ECDIS, mandatory ECDIS training for Masters and Officers and Type-Specific training for the Master and Officers onboard to familiarise them with the equipment in use.
    There are still many gaps in the knowledge of those onboard, but these seem to be rapidly closing. The more recently trained junior officers tend to have a better understanding of the limitations of ECDIS, particularly in relation to the NMEA inputs (and where they can become erronous), layered information and determining CATZOC data etc.


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      I know the UK have such laws in place but wasn't aware that other flag nations had, thank you. I've been getting input from the leisure, fishing and SAR world so this was the next logical place to look, thanks for your feedback.


      • #4
        I'll be closing the survey on Wed so if you want to participate please do so before then. Thank you all for your participation and contributions. If I'm successful I'll post a link to the paper.