ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display & Information System)
What is ECDIS?
An Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) is a computer based navigation system used as an alternative to paper navigation charts. Integrating a variety of real time information it is an automated decision aid, capable of continuously determining a vessel’s position in relation to land, charted objects, navigation aids and unseen hazards.
The ECDIS include electronic navigational charts (ENC) and integrates information from the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other navigational sensors, such as e.g. radar, fathometer and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS). By receiving precise information about the position of the ship, the ECDIS can help make navigation easy and significantly improves safety at sea. ECDIS includes intuitive route planning functions, ensuring optimal navigation routes, which in turn can lead to reduced fuel consumption.
Why choose ECDIS?
Ships engaged on international voyages are by IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee regulations in 2009* required to be fitted with ECDIS and approved back-up system according to flag state approach and the timetable below:
*IMO Safety Committee new regulations (86th session May 26th-June 5, 2009) to SOLAS Chapter V regulation 19.2.
Some benefits of choosing ECDIS:
· Replacement of paper charts
· Real time information
· Anti grounding prevention
· Fuel saving potential
· Automatic chart updating
· Dynamic Licensing (pay-as-you-go)