New Book for ECDIS Training: ECDIS Basics

Geomares Publishing has introduced a new training book, ECDIS Basics, written by Professor Ralph Becker-Heins. ECDIS Basics aims to impart practical, hands-on knowledge to all those who will be trained in the operational use of electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS). The guide gives an overview of the principles of ECDIS navigation and the related challenges for those using the system. The book is based upon principles of the IMO Model Course 1.27 and is suitable for all kinds of ECDIS courses in various settings. The author of the book, Ralph Becker-Heins, is a full professor of navigation at... (read more)
2014-05-12 02:36:43

ECDIS Kernel v5.20 Improving ECDIS Usability

SevenC's ECDIS Kernel SDK (Software Development Kit) 5.20 has been designed to meet all future requirements of the latest international standards(IEC 61174 Standard edition 4.0; IHO S-52 Presentation Library edition 4.0; IHO S-64 Test Standard edition 3.0) in order to reduce implementation irregularities and improve the overall usability of chart display systems. The new stand-alone chart-handling tool ChartHandler allows for handling large amounts of data and sets a benchmark for chart loading and updating in the industry. A focus of the release version 5.20 has been laid on detection and indication of danger and caution objects (image). It is specified... (read more)
2015-07-01 08:30:00

ECDIS Handbook

Adam Weintrit, Dean of the department of Navigation of Gdynia Maritime University (Poland), has written a handbook on Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems, aiming to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding electronic charts (ENC, RNC, DNC) and electronic chart systems (Ecdis, RCDS, ECS). The IAMU model course on training in the operational use of Ecdis presented in this book may be used by staff and students of any maritime university, navigational faculty and training institution as alternative or supplement to IMO Model Course 1.27.   Electronic navigation is becoming increasingly more common, particularly onboard... (read more)
2009-09-11 03:44:37


Enhanced ENC Standard for Port Operations
The management of larger vessels within the confined, shallow and/or tidal environments of ports requires precise chart information. However, current ECDIS and Inland ECDIS standards do not meet the more stringent regulations in terms of up-to-dateness, scale, accuracy (especially of the topography) and chart objects and attributes required for such port operations. Port ECDIS is the name of the successful work package of the EU-funded project Effective Operations in Ports which aimed to design, develop and test enhanced Port Electronic Navigation Charts (PENCs). With the carriage of ECDIS becoming mandatory for deep-sea vessels within a couple of years, the adoption... (read more)
2010-09-13 12:10:10

ECDIS Process

The Safety of Navigation subcommittee of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) arrived at a consensus at their meeting last July (NAV’54) on a mandatory carriage for ECDIS equipment for ocean-going ships. This agreement with proposed new regulations will be submitted to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) for approval at its 85th session in November-December 2008. A scaled implementation period of July 2012–2018 has been suggested. This seems a rather lengthy process, but I will not be surprised if the paper chart for primary navigation on these bridges will have become obsolete well before the deadlines. Ship owners will not... (read more)
2008-10-15 12:00:00

World ECDIS Day 2019

World ECDIS Day 2019 (read more)
2019-07-02 02:53:27

Four-level ECDIS Concept

The Transas Marine 4-level ECDIS concept is designed to provide an IMO-compliant solution for shipping companies. The range of product packages Standard, Standard+, Premium and Premium+ features Transas Navi-Sailor software applied through all systems. All packages include selected standard features with a range of additional options.   Anders Rydlinger, Transas Marine product development director, says the objective is to provide a solution to the market where a 'standard' system features the best available quality and at the same time is user-friendly and cost-efficient. On the other hand, there are shipping companies preferring to utilise a comprehensive technology going beyond IMO... (read more)
2012-01-12 09:50:33

Revival of ECDIS?

Hydro international Interviews Dr Lee Alexander, University of New Hampshire, USA
In 1996, an ECDIS conference titled ‘Five years of Broken Promises’ dealt with the non-availability of ENC data. At the 2nd International ECDIS Conference in 2003, a prominent speaker from the user community stated: "Give me ENCs, not excuses." Despite high expectations, much effort, and many meetings, ECDIS still is not operational. What went wrong? More important, what needs to be done? Was it the misperception that an ENC is equivalent to the paper chart? You were with electronic charting from the beginning. Could you give a brief summary of your ECDIS life? My formative years were as a young... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

ECDIS Simulator Upgrade

Transas Marine has been awarded the upgrade contract of a Transas ECDIS Trainer for the German Waterpolice Academy, based on latest Navi-Trainer Professional 4000 and originally delivered in 2002.     The new extended system comprises one instructor station and three trainee stations, each with Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS, a combined Conning and ARPA Station with NavAids included, a real AIS Transponder Minimum-Keyboard, reduced set of ship controls to manoeuvre the own ship and one visualisation channel to provide IMO Model Course 1.27 ECDIS Training.   The simulator will be used to maintain the crews of the seagoing waterpolice vessels with... (read more)
2009-05-04 03:33:46
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