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March 1, 2016

ICS releases new edition of bridge procedures guide

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has released a new edition of the ICS Bridge Procedures Guide, which is recognised as the key shipping industry guidance on best practice for safe navigation leveraged by the mariners and training institutes.

By Srijanee Chakraborthy

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has released a new edition of the ICS Bridge Procedures Guide, which is recognised as the key shipping industry guidance on best practice for safe navigation leveraged by the mariners and training institutes.

A group of experts were commissioned by ICS’s member national shipowners’ associations to revise the fifth new edition, which replaces the previous edition published in 2007.

The recently released edition has been worked upon to accommodate the 2010 amendments to the standards of training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers (STCW) convention.

"The purpose of the Guide has always been to provide clear and accessible guidance on best practice for watchkeeping on the bridge."

Some of the 2010 Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and Code include preventive measures against fraudulent practices; revised work hours and new medical fitness standards for mariners; and certification requirements for able seafarers.

The change also includes new requirements relating to electronic chart display information systems (ECDIS) and dynamic positioning systems training; marine environment awareness training; training and certification requirements for electro-technical officers; personnel training for ships operating in polar region.

It will encompass the incorporation of bridge resource management, as well as the use of ECDIS and other electronic aids to navigation.

The incorporation of ECDIS will necessitate an appropriate guidance in tandem with the crew’s acquaintance with ship specific arrangements.

The new guide is expected to enlist a comprehensive ECDIS familiarisation checklist.

ICS Secretary General Peter Hinchliffe said: "The purpose of the Guide has always been to provide clear and accessible guidance on best practice for watchkeeping on the bridge.

"Rapid technological advances make this an increasingly complex task and the need for strict adherence to procedures that follow established best practice cannot be overstated."

ICS has urged the merchant vessels and the shipping company technical departments to equip themselves with a copy of the newly released bridge procedures guide.

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