The implementation of ECDIS installation onboard vessels will need to be type-approved and they have to issue a certificate of compliance which is used by the classification society, the port state control and vetting administration to ensure that the vessel is in full compliance with the requirement to carry type approved ECDIS with suitable back-up facilities.
In some cases you can expect that port state control or vetting administration will verify if the crew is properly trained and has a sufficient understanding of the operation of ECDIS.
The regulatory requirements for generic training and familiarisation in ECDIS are covered by various international instruments including the IMO, the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers Convention (STCW), the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and also by national laws.
Navmaster ECDIS is a well-established Electronic Chart Display and Information System, incorporating the input of many navigators.
The first step is to determine the effect on your fleet, when your vessels have to be ready to comply with the new carriage requirement.
From 2012 onwards to 2018 all IMO vessels over 10,000 GT on top of other vessel types specified in the table below are requested to install and operate ECDIS.
In addition, he will have the knowledge of the principal types of electronic chart and the essential legal of the use of ECDIS.
It delivers clear functionality and ease of use in the familiar Windows interface.
The consequences of ECDIS inadequacies during inspections were highlighted in the recent case of a ship detained in Brisbane by AMSA, due to a lack of on-board familiarisation training in the use of ECDIS. The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) calls for shipowners, operators and managers to exercise greater vigilance to tackle the rise in ECDIS-related detentions and the risks to safety at sea.
“ECDIS can deliver tremendous benefits for safe, compliant and efficient navigation.
He will be able to assess errors, inaccuracies and ambiguities cause by improper data management.
Thus, he will be aware of errors in displayed data, errors of interpretation and the risk of over-reliance on ECDIS and be able to take proper action.