Last year on June 18, 2009 NAUTICAL LOG published a Post entitled "Voyage & Passage Planning". At that time the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office www.ukho.gov.uk/ were in the final stages of the development of the future of navigation. Indeed that is just what it was named "The Future of Navigation" and there is a link to it and the UKHO in our 'Link List' below. We would suggest a visit to learn all the details of this onboard and ashore system.
In Shanghai, China on December 01, 2009 the UKHO 'Admiralty e-Navigator' was duly launched so it has now been in operation for three months. To quote the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
"e-Navigation is the harmonised collection, integration, exchange, presentation and analysis of maritime information onboard and ashore by electronic means to enhance berth to berth navigation and related services, for safety and security at sea and protection of the marine environment"
One thing the IMO can be always be counted on for is a well worded statement.
In our previous Post we made some suggestions and NAUTICAL LOG is pleased to see that in its 'Passage Planning' section UKHO 'Admiralty e-Navigator' covers all those points including:
- VTS diagrams and calling points
- Pilot information
- Anchorage locations
- Port approach details
- Arrival and departure requirements
- Terminal details
- Stevedore working hours
- Port regulations
- List of chandlers and Port agents
- List of other services
Visit the UKHO website at www.ukho.gov.uk/ and contact your nautical chart distributor for the latest updated information covering your area.