Charts and publications are the next topic covered in this series on SOLAS and the safety of Navigation.
What SOLAS Regulation covers Nautical Charts and Publications?
SOLAS Regulation 27 – Nautical Charts and Nautical Publications.
What does SOLAS V Regulation 27 require?
That Nautical charts and nautical publications, necessary for the intended voyage, shall be:
- Up to date.
What is a nautical chart according to SOLAS?
Reg 2 of SOLAS V states that it is map or a specially compiled database from which such a map is derived. It also has to be issued officially by or on the authority of a Government, authorized Hydrographic Office or other relevant government institution and is designed to meet the requirements of marine navigation.
UK guidance states that a chart must be of such a scale and contain sufficient detail as clearly to show:
- All navigational marks which may be used by a ship when navigating the waters which are covered by the chart;
- All known dangers affecting those waters;
- All information concerning any ships’ routeing and ship reporting measures applicable to those waters.