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Reference guide to Magnetic Compass Requirements

A condensed information guide is provided so when you need to know the diameter of a compass card for a particular class of vessel and operating area or just where to locate a magnetic compass in the wheelhouse to get the best results, this reference will be a good starting point.


The following topics are covered or referenced:

  1. Section 7 of the NSCV code;

  2. Selecting and installing a compass;

  3. Electrical interference and safe distances;

  4. Inspection and maintenance;

  5. An example of a Record Book or Log of compass deviations which can be shown to an AMSA accredited surveyor at the time of periodic survey or audit;

  6. Examples of situations when a magnetic compass requires adjustment.

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