Marine safety issues and actions

ECDIS familiarisation

Issue number: MO-2017-009-SI-01
Who it affects: Australian Border Force deck officers
Issue owner: Australian Border Force
Transport function: Marine: Shipboard operations
Background: Investigation Report 335-MO-2017-009
Issue release date: 27 June 2019
Current issue status: Safety action pending

Safety issue description

Although the online VisionMaster FT ECDIS type-specific familiarisation training included the relevant content, the training as undertaken by Australian Border Force deck officers was not effective in preparing ABFC Roebuck Bay's officers for the operational use of the ECDIS.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2017-009-NSA-004
Action organisation: Australian Border Force
Date: 14 June 2019
Action status: Closed

Safety action taken:The Australian Border Force (ABF) have advised the ATSB of the following safety action taken in relation to ECDIS training:

  • the Maritime Operational Compliance team will be undertaking training and information sessions with all deck watchkeepers during compliance audits and operational assessments
  • compliance audits will include assessments of watchkeeper knowledge of ECDIS and radar operations/functions
  • training documentation updated, including ECDIS information and annual familiarisation requirements
  • annual ECDIS and radar training package and checklists drafted, implemented and to be undertaken by all deck watchkeepers
  • information to increase knowledge and awareness of isolated danger symbols, their presentation and interaction with ECDIS has been incorporated into training packages
  • the process of ‘class specific’ endorsement has been strengthened with the implementation of task books for each role to reduce trickle down training
  • training documentation specific to the role of navigation officer has been updated
  • ongoing ABF efforts to implement a program for senior watchkeepers to visit the Australian Hydrographic Office (AHO)
  • ongoing work with the ECDIS manufacturer and service provider to improve the ECDIS type-specific familiarisation training.

ATSB comment:

The ATSB acknowledges the safety action taken by the ABF to improve ECDIS knowledge within the fleet. The ATSB will monitor ABF progress on ongoing safety action related to the ECDIS type-specific familiarisation training and, once completed, will re-assess the safety issue.

Last update 27 June 2019