Revised ECS Standard Published

Special Committee 109 of the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) has published the latest edition of its standard for Electronic Chart Systems (ECS). Different to the Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) that can be used for compliant navigation of SOLAS vessels, this new RTCM standard for Electronic Chart Systems incorporates a number of advances developed since 2002 when the previous edition of the ECS standard was published.     The standard specifies the minimum operational and performance requirements and methods of testing for ECS. Three classes of ECS are defined. Class 'A' ECS are designed or... (read more)
2008-12-30 12:00:00

FDIS for ECS Approved

The Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) for the ECS database Ð ISO 19379 Ð has been approved by an NECSA international vote of thirteen countries. The FDIS version of the standard was approved by China, Cuba, Germany, Italy, Japan, DPR Korea, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Russian Federation, Slovakia, United Kingdom and the United States. The ten Participating members of ISO Committee TC 8/SC 6 voted unanimously in favour of the standard. Work on this standard began in December 1998. Once editorial corrections have been made it will be released as an International Standard by ISO Headquarters in Geneva. The... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

ECS Database Standard ISO 19379

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has published the ECS Database standard, ISO 19379 and this is now available for purchase. In the United States copies of this copyright document can be obtained from Mr James Spicer, james.spicer@ihs. com, Tel: 800-854-7179 Ext. 7968. In other countries, purchase can be made from the local national standards committee. This announcement is the culmination of four years of work by a dedicated Working Group, and all members are to be congratulated. (read more)
2003-11-11 12:00:00

Chartworx Holland to Provide ECS for Aircraft

Optimare Sensorsysteme AG, based in Bremerhaven (Germany) has taken delivery of nine operational and planning versions of TheMAP 210 Electronic Chart Systems manufactured by Chartworx Holland BV. Six of these systems will be installed by Optimare in the Dornier 228 Aircraft of the Netherlands Coast Guard.   A complete spare system will be kept available on the ground and two systems are available for planning and analysis purposes in the Coast Guard office. The systems have been adapted to fully integrate with the Side Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR) systems on board of the aircraft while special defined layers like Terminal... (read more)
2007-07-02 03:47:59

The ISO Standard for the ECS Database

ISO 19379
The Electronic Chart situation has developed in an unexpected way. When the first standards for chart systems were being written, the concentration was on those installations which would become the legal equivalent of a paper nautical chart. IMO produced a Performance Standard for ECDIS, and IHO prepared a companion standard for the ECDIS display; both were intended to define systems that would replace paper charts on board SOLAS vessels. IEC then produced a test standard to demonstrate compliance with these standards. All of these were completed in the late 1990s, and one would expect that by 2002 the world's shipping... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

New Seamount Discovered During ECS Mapping

A discovery has come out of the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) Task Force mapping efforts in an area of the Pacific Ocean that is one of the least explored of the Earth's oceans. On 13 August 2014, University of New Hampshire (UNH) Joint Hydrographic Centre (JHC) scientists aboard the R/V Kilo Moana, discovered a new seamount in the Pacific Ocean using a 12kHz multibeam echosounder. The seamount, estimated to be more than 1,100 metres high, was discovered in the midst of a feature-rich stretch of seafloor approximately 5,100 metres deep. The scientists, led by Dr. James Gardner, have been... (read more)
2014-08-25 12:27:35

Streaming Cloud-based ENC Data for a Real-time ECS

A Cloud-based Infrastructure Specifically Designed for Marine Navigation
NaAVIC is a free and downloadable electronic voyage application that goes beyond the traditional Electronic Chart System (ECS) app whereby the data, including the ENC information, does not physically reside within the onboard computer. Instead, all the data is streamed from an up-to-date database that exists in the cloud. The on-demand data delivery model is not confined to conventional chart data. Whilst it includes ENC-derived data as a base layer, it is also designed to take additional data layers. These layers can be user-selected according to their needs to enhance the ECS capabilities. For example, the list can include raster... (read more)
2018-10-16 03:50:11

Northern Airborne Technology C-MAP CM-93 Licensed

Northern Airborne Technology (NAT) has been licensed by C-MAP to use its ECS and CM-93 Edition 3 database. The system, called NAT-ECS, is an industrialised touch screen PC/display combo unit with a bright 15" LCD screen. Taking advantage of the power and simplicity of C-MAP ECS, the NAT-ECS provides all of the features and functionality of an ECDIS system, integrating onboard sensors such as ARPA, AIS and depth, as well as any other onboard sensors. In addition, the NAT-ECS includes an optional weather forecasting module for ocean voyage use, with forecasting for up to ten days. One of the features... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

First Officially Approved Electronic Chart System

Italy is the first nation officially to adopt ECS systems - other than ECDIS - as equivalent standard to paper charts. The approved ECS systems, as defined by issued standard, are devoted to Italian pleasure boats and fishing vessels not SOLAS compliant. Since 10th July 2002 there has existed a new ‘standard’ in electronic cartography. The Italian Ministry of Transport infrastructure (in charge of safety of navigation) has approved the technical specification for ‘ECS Systems and ECS Database’ that can be used on Italian pleasure and fishing boats not SOLAS compliant as a substitute for the traditional paper chart. Italy... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Hydrographic Society Russia

On 6–7 February 2008, the members of the HSR took part in the all-Russian scientific-technical seminar with the theme ‘The Modern Condition of Electronic Cartography for Sea and River Navigation’. It was held in Saint Petersburg and it was organised by the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy (AMSMA). The main objectives of the seminar were the exchange of experience of using electronic cartographical systems (ECS), creation of electronic charts for internal waterways and sea areas, the co-ordination of work to introduce ECS on sea-going vessels, vessels navigating in internal waterways and vessels navigating in both rivers and seas, and the... (read more)
2008-04-02 12:00:00
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