Marine safety issues and actions

ECDIS software

Issue number: MO-2017-009-SI-03
Who it affects: Operators of Australian Border Force cutters
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: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

The upgrade of ECDIS on board ABF cutters serves to bring the vessels into alignment with the latest applicable standards of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). The update to PresLib 4.0 ensures that ABF watchkeepers now have the benefit of the improved user experience, new symbols, enhanced safety features and reduction in audible alerts that was the intended purpose of the new presentation library.

Safety issue description

ECDIS on board most Australian Border Force cutters, including ABFC Roebuck Bay, operated with a non-type-approved naval software version that was not updated to the latest applicable standards of the International Hydrographic Organization. The ECDIS therefore did not comply with the minimum requirements of an ECDIS being used to meet the chart carriage requirements of the regulations. As a result, the enhanced safety features of the new presentation library, which would have potentially alerted the officers to the danger posed by the reef, were not available.

Proactive Action

Action number: MO-2017-009-NSA-005
Action organisation: Australian Border Force
Date: 27 September 2018
Action status: Closed

Safety action taken: The ABF advised the ATSB of safety action, undertaken to update the ECDIS on board all ABF cutters to the S-52 Presentation Library 4.0. The ECDIS manufacturer, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine, provided a software update for the VisionMaster FT Naval Total Watch system in May 2018. The ABF commenced a program of hardware upgrades along with software installation in June 2018. By September 2018, all ABF cutters operating with ECDIS were updated to the latest applicable standards of the IHO.

Last update 27 June 2019