QR Codes Improve Navigational Safety

For more than 200 years the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has been surveying the world’s oceans and providing nautical charts for the Royal Navy and merchant mariners. Used by 70% of international shipping the UKHO has announced that all newly printed versions of Standard Nautical Charts and Mariners’ Routeing Guides including Print-On-Demand charts will now feature a unique QR Code (image below). The QR Code will resolve to the relevant page for the scanned chart on the UKHO’s searchable Notes to Mariners database with the latest navigational safety information (example). The QR Code will also help from a compliance perspective by allowing Port State Control inspectors to scan the chart when they go on-board a vessel to see how up-to-date it is.

United Kingdom Hydrographic Office QR Code chart

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