We regularly hear the phrase that ‘Going digital is the future’; as we invest in more gadgets and digital technology takes a hold of our professional and personal lives, we have to ask the question: ‘How is the shipping community adapting?’
The answer to this question can be seen through the legislation that is being introduced, from the IMO issuing guidance on the carriage of publications on board ships digitally (MSC-MEPC.2/Circ.2) to individual flag states issuing guidance to mariners in many forms.
Regs4ships Limited has been working hard to develop forward thinking products and services that help mariners to stay up-to-date, compliant with the many rules, regulations and legislation. It doesn’t take long for documentation to become out of date, which is why a vessel subscription to our Digital Maritime Regulations service offers complete peace of mind and compliance with the carriage of nautical publications requirements.
How does it work?
It is a very easy system to manage. Upon activating a subscription each vessel is sent a vessel compliance disc, a certificate of subscription, a record card and instruction booklet. To maintain compliance Regs4ships sends an update disc out every two-months; all the vessel has to do is mark the date they received the new disc into the record card and replace the disc in the case with the new one.
The disc contains the most up-to-date versions of the flag state regulations and international legislation that the vessel is subscribed to. For example, a premium subscription disc to the United Kingdom flag product will contain:
- Flag State of the United Kingdom: Acts, Statutory Instruments (SIs), Codes, MSNs, MGNs and MINs
- IMO: SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW and unified interpretations
- ILO: Conventions (including the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC)), protocols and guidelines
- EU legislation
Not only do vessels gain access to the documentation, but the information is also interlinked with other associated documentation. Using the UK as an example again, SI2012 No. 1743 – The Merchant Shipping (Accident Reporting and Investigation) Regulations 2012 is interlinked to the following:
- EU legislation: 1999/0035 (Directive) – A System of Mandatory Surveys for the Safe Operation of Regular Ro-Ro Ferry and High-Speed Passenger Craft Services
- EU legislation: 2002/0059 (Directive) – A Community Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information System
- EU legislation: 2009/0018 (Directive) – Establishing the Fundamental Principles Governing the Investigation of Accidents in the Maritime Transport Sector and Amending Directives 1999/35/EC and 2002/59/EC
- UK M Notices: MGN 458 (M+F) – Accident Reporting and Investigation
- IMO circulars: MSC-MEPC.3/Circ.2 – Casualty-Related Matters: Code of the International Standards and Recommended Practices for a Safety Investigation into a Marine Casualty or Marine Incident
The SI used in this example revoked SI 2005 No. 0881, which is now contained within our archives. With a subscription to Regs4ships Digital Maritime Regulations, you get access to our extensive archive of legislation that is no longer in force, we provide this for your reference so you can track the changes that have occurred over time.
Documentation is managed by experts
Regs4ships’ systems are continually updated by an expert technical team of master mariners and database programmers. We actively source updates from around the world so you do not have to and because we have a good relationship with the flag states, they provide us with a personal letter of equivalence to state that our service meets the carriage of nautical publications requirements.