EU testing standard for digitalising Navigational Warnings
The EU project EfficienSea2 is testing the first ever system using a newly proposed standard for digitalising Navigational Warnings. When properly assessed, the new standard could be a global reality within a year and make mapping of warnings easier. Seafarers planning to navigate Danish Waters (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands) in the future will have an easier time than before. The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has announced a new system for Navigational Warnings and Notices to Mariners that will make it easier for seafarers to get access to information and navigate safely. The new system is based on the International Hydrographic Organization’s [IHO] S-124 draft standard for Navigational Warnings. EfficienSea2, an EU-project led by the DMA, is tasked with testing the standard and, according to Mads Bentzen Billesø, Project Manager in EfficienSea2, the implementation of a common standard will make navigation safer. He explains: “We are very pleased, that we are able to do our small part in securing shared standards for the practical implementation of e-Navigation. A shared reference is of the utmost importance so my colleagues at sea will be able to be updated on upcoming hazards without needing to adapt to each new national or regional implementation.” The data using the new standard are sent out by the Danish authorities and can be accessed either through the DMA website or via EfficienSea2’s webplatform BalticWeb. Both platforms can visualise Navigational Warnings and Notices to Mariners and are available on computers, tablets and smartphones when seafarers are connected to the internet or when the warnings are downloaded for offline use.