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UKHO warns of dangers posed to safety of crew, vessels by fake hydrographics

THE United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has re-issued a warning that the number of counterfeit versions of ADMIRALTY charts and publications in circulation is on the rise, saying they pose a danger to the safety of vessels, crew and cargo when used for navigation.

UKHO warns of dangers posed to safety of crew, vessels by fake hydrographics
15 April 2016 - 15:01

UKHO warns of dangers posed to safety of crew, vessels by fake hydrographics
THE United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has re-issued a warning that the number of counterfeit versions of ADMIRALTY charts and publications in circulation is on the rise, saying they pose a danger to the safety of vessels, crew and cargo when used for navigation.
These counterfeit items have not been assessed by UKHO experts, who cross check and quality assure ADMIRALTY Maritime Products & Services to ensure mariners receive up-to-date and accurate information. 
To reduce the risks posed by counterfeit ADMIRALTY products, the UKHO has taken a number of preventative measures, including a new watermark on paper charts, which have been outlined in the "Guide to Identifying Counterfeit ADMIRALTY Products". It can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/IdentifyingCounterfeits
"While some of the counterfeits are very easy to spot, others are more difficult to detect. Counterfeit versions have not been through the same rigorous checking procedures as official ADMIRALTY charts and publications," said UKHO chief commercial officer Damian Bowler. 
"They are unsafe, unofficial, non-compliant with SOLAS and illegal to carry or sell. Buyers also carry the considerable risk of failing port state inspections."

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