The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has launched the newest edition of the Bridge Procedures Guide
The ISC Bridge Procedures Guide has been recognised for being the industry standard guidance on safe bridge operations. With digital transformation taking the world by storm in all industries, the ICS has updated the ICS Bridge Procedures Guide to the sixth edition to keep seafarers updated about the latest technologies and equip them with the knowledge to navigate the seas safely and confidently.
Keeping up with the rapid advances of technology
“I’ve see navigation equipment that I sailed with on display in Hamburg’s maritime museum. Now you walk onto the bridge and it’s like Star Wars,” Nick Rich, BSM’s Group Technical Manager – Systems who was involved in the development of the new edition of the ICS Bridge Procedures Guide as an expert panellist added, “Navigation has become so much more accurate and straightforward in many ways, as officers have an incredible amount of information that guides their decision-making. Today’s navigator uses ARPA (Automatic Radar Plotting Aid) and ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) to track everything in real time, from their ship’s position and nearby traffic to how the current and tide affects the vessel.”
Another expert panellist for the latest edition and President of the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) Captain Simon Pelletier, also lauded the guide’s update, “The environment in which pilots and bridge teams work is changing rapidly, making it essential to ensure ships’ officers on the bridge understand the latest systems and procedures – which is why the ICS Bridge Procedures Guide is such a valuable resource.”
Some of the key features of the updated guide include, increased guidance on non-navigational procedures and new sections on the human element, ECDIS safety settings, category zone of confidence (CATZOC), weather routeing, and more. The Bridge Procedures Guide complements the guidance in the ICS Engine Room Procedures Guide, and would provide a holistic and comprehensive understanding of the latest best practices when practiced together.
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