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PUBLISHED: 
20 Sep 2023

ICS publishes 'Bridge Procedures Guide'

The new edition of the ICS Bridge Procedures Guide has been written to reflect the rapid technological advances taking place in the shipping industry and to equip users to deal with the digital transformation taking place on the bridge.
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The new edition of the ICS Bridge Procedures Guide has been written to reflect the rapid technological advances taking place in the shipping industry and to equip users to deal with the digital transformation taking place on the bridge.

The sixth edition of the Guide features:

  • Increased guidance on non-navigational procedures;
  • New sections on the human element, Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) safety settings, category zone of confidence (CATZOC), weather routeing, communications with the engine control room, cargo operations, risk assessments and permits to work, ship stability, ballast water management, errors associated with Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), and characteristics of radar;
  • More visual aids to improve understanding and support on board training; and
  • Simplified language to reflect current best practice in writing guidelines and checklists. 

The ICS recommends that a copy of the sixth edition be carried on board every ship, and that copies be held within shipping company technical departments.

Read the full Guide on the ICS publication website here.