INTERTANKO, NVKK Netherlands Shipmasters' Association, Witherbys, BIMCO, ICS, UKHO announcements


New publications are available to order:

INTERTANKO Guide to Port State Control, 3rd Edition, 2021


Focussed specifically on Port State Control aims to improve the performance of all ship types, not just tankers, by bringing into one document the information on different PSC regimes, their processes as well as guidance produced by INTERTANKO’s Vetting Committee.

This publication and the guidance it provides will give ships’ crews and shore-based personnel a better understanding of PSC systems and will help them prepare for inspections and reduce the number of deficiencies that could lead to detention.


 Legal Handbook for the Shipmaster, NVKK, Netherlands Shipmasters' Association, 2020

Legal Handbook Shipmaster

The shipmaster must deal with both national and international legislation which applies on all seagoing vessels. Therefore, the purpose of this handbook is to provide a good insight with regard to national and international laws and regulations. The book focuses primarily on the safety of the vessel, the crew, the environment and cargo operations, whatever the ship’s flag state or nationality of the crew may be.

This book is the worldwide international standard Handbook for the shipmaster and all other interested parties National maritime laws of states are almost comparable because these legislations originate from a variety of international maritime agreements. Maritime law follows, in most nations, a separate code and has jurisdiction independent of national laws. International pillars for national maritime laws are:

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)
International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)
International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)
Maritime Labour Convention (MLC)
This Handbook explains the most important legal terms of international and national law for the shipmaster. The influence of EU rules on national maritime legislation of EU member states is also described. National legislation of the flag state has priority on board unless the vessel is located in the waters of a foreign coastal state. The hierarchy or priority of various jurisdictions and legislations in different maritime zones is therefore extensively explained in the Handbook.

This Handbook has not been written in legal language, but in the language of the shipmaster and seafarers. The Legal Handbook Shipmaster will be invaluable to any shipmaster wherever on the globe. The shipmaster is at the heart of this book. Click here to download the book.


Witherbys, BIMCO, ICS - Cyber Security Workbook for On Board Ship Use

Cyber security workbook

In recent years, the shipping industry has undergone a digital revolution: internet connectivity on board has become common and ship’s systems are increasingly digitised and integrated. With this growing level of connection, comes greater risk. Ships are now a common target for hackers and it has become crucial that the entire crew has an understanding of how and when cyber attacks can occur.

Using detailed, step by step checklists, Cyber Security Workbook for On Board Ship Use provides a ship’s Security Officer with the practical skills to identify cyber risks and to protect vulnerable onboard systems. It also gives guidance on how best to detect, respond and recover in the event of a cyber attack.

This workbook will help to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in the onboard SMS (as required by IMO Resolution MSC.428(98)). It will also benefit shipowners, ship managers, ports and their IT departments.

This publication has been produced by BIMCO, ICS (International Chamber of Shipping) and Witherby Publishing Group.


REMINDER : Withdrawal of Legacy e-Readers V1.0 and V1.2

Less than 4 Weeks until e-Readers are Withdrawn.

A reminder that the updating of all e-Readers v1.0 and v1.2 will be stopped on 14 December 2021.

After this date, users of e-Readers v1.0 and v1.2 will no longer be able to update their applications and all users will need to upgrade to the latest versions of the e-Reader, v1.3 or v1.4, to continue to view and update e-NPs.

In advance of the sunsetting of v1.0 and v1.2 from market, we would like to remind you of the user guides and support videos available to assist you with your switch to v1.3 or v1.4 of the e-Reader, which can be found on the ADMIRALTY Website at:

ADMIRALTY e-Nautical Publications (AENP)



On ADMIRALTY and foreign charts, with the exception of Russian charts, the datum is being gradually transitioned to the new Baltic Sea Chart Datum 2000 (BSCD2000), with completion expected in 2026. During the transition period, charts may reference either MSL or BSCD2000. For further information, contact the national charting authorities and see:

Russian charts depth are reduced to Sea Level datum.


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