United Kingdom Hydrographic Office launches Admiralty e-Nautical Publications

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Admiralty e-NauticalThe United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has launched a number of its leading Nautical Publications as e-books for the mariner – allowing bridge crews to add Admiralty Notices to Mariners (NM) updates faster and more accurately, and giving them easier access to information they need.

Bridge crews can add weekly NMs next to each relevant e-NP page in just a few seconds. This makes the task of receiving corrections far easier and quicker compared to the paper-based products, giving bridge crews more time to focus on other important duties. Displayed using the UKHO developed Admiralty e-Reader, this software is easy-to-use, and is supplied as part of the service at no extra cost.

e-NPs provide the same level of compliance as traditional Admiralty paper-based Nautical Publications and have been approved by flag states of the majority of ships trading internationally, including the MCA. Admiralty e-NPs can also aid inspections by allowing the mariner to clearly show when a publication was last updated. Admiralty e-NPs can be used on up to three PCs on board per license.

Admiralty e-NPs comprise Admiralty Sailing Directions – often known as “Pilots”, they provide valuable extra information during port entry and coastal navigation. Designed to be used alongside the range of Admiralty navigational charts, on all classes of ships, they provide worldwide coverage in 74 volumes; The Mariners Handbook (NP100) – the easy-to-use guide for the professional mariner, containing regularly used maritime information on seamanship and key aspects of navigation; The Nautical Almanac (NP314) – essential for routine and emergency astronavigation, and the daily calculation of daylight hours and mandatory gyrocompass checks.

Josephine Washington, Product Manager – Publications at the UKHO said: “Our e-NPs preserve the essential information and familiar look of their paper equivalents, but offer all the benefits of e-books, including faster updates and greater ease-of-use for bridge crews. The launch of Admiralty e-Nautical Publications is a natural step, given the popularity of these publications as essential reference guides to support safe navigation, the increasing use of electronic navigation tools and that the majority of flag states have now approved the use of electronic publications as SOLAS carriage-compliant.”