ICS guide aims to support seafarers on the Digital Bridge

The new edition of the Bridge Procedures Guide from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has been updated to provide crews with support in dealing with the digital transformation taking place within the world fleet, recommending best practices for bridge technologies designed for the digital age.

“I’ve seen navigation equipment that I sailed with on display in Hamburg’s maritime museum. Now you walk onto the bridge and it’s like Star Wars,” said Nick Rich, BSM’s Group Technical Manager – Systems and a member of the expert panel that helped ICS develop the new edition. 

“Navigation has become so much more accurate and straightforward in many ways, as officers have an incredible amount of information that guides their decision-making. Today’s navigator uses ARPA (Automatic Radar Plotting Aid) and ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) to track everything in real time, from their ship’s position and nearby traffic to how the current and tide affects the vessel.”  

Revised and updated to fit today’s international shipping landscape, the new edition provides guidance on best practice approaches to watchkeeping that make use of modern technology and internationally agreed standards and recommendations adopted by the IMO.

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