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

Port ECDIS

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

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

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

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

The ECDIS Revolution Confirmed

Now entering its 6th year, the date for the 2015 e-Navigation conference has been confirmed as Tuesday 3 November 2015. The event will be returning to be hosted on the HQS Wellington in London, UK. The format for this year's conference has been adjusted to a gathering of the Special Interest Group on Monday 2 November 2015 to which only SIG members will be attending, followed by a reception on the Monday evening (location still to be confirmed) for all delegates. The conference is then scheduled on Tuesday 3 November. Agenda, speakers and further details will be provided on the... (read more)
2015-04-30 10:55:04

ECDIS Computer-based Training

Transas Marine has launched its ECDIS Computer-based Training course certified by Germanischer Lloyd. With ECDIS becoming a significant part of maritime navigation, it is vital that crew has appropriate knowledge in the use of navigational equipment and charts. Transas ECDIS CBT is based on IMO Model Course 1.27 considering the requirements for ECDIS training in accordance with the Manila Amendments of STCW.  The course provides knowledge and skills necessary to utilise all-important ECDIS features. Completing the course gives an understanding of both the benefits and limitations of ECDIS, together with an understanding of how it can be used for navigation,... (read more)
2010-12-01 10:32:22

ECDIS – Caveat Navigator

Is the Paperless Bridge a Hazard to Navigation?
Hydrographic data is at the core of ECDIS. The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) is of the opinion that the quantity and coverage of good hydrographic data around the world is mostly unsatisfactory. Meanwhile, the overall hydrographic data acquisition capacity of its member States is declining. Is there a proper appreciation of the quality and reliability of the data behind the image displayed on the screen? Does the digital presentation of nautical charts give a false sense of security? The paper chart or Raster Navigational Chart (RNC) displays all safety critical navigational information at once. The Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) is... (read more)
2012-07-26 02:51:48
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