Regulations and Standards
A New Era of Navigation
Replacing traditional paper charts, the introduction of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) as officially approved aid to navigation marks a whole new era in the history of marine navigation.
An 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 benefits of sailing with ECDIS include:
- Replacement of paper charts
- Real time information
- Anti grounding prevention
- Fuel saving potential
- Automatic chart updating
- Dynamic Licensing (pay-as-you-go)
Regulations and Performance Standards
The current performance standards for ECDIS were laid down by the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in resolution MSC.232(82), effective as of January 1, 2009.
In the same year IMO approved amendments to SOLAS V (19) making ECDIS mandatory on most ships over 500 GT in accordance with a rolling timetable that began in July 2012.
In 2015 several international standards related to ECDIS underwent revisions, such as IEC 61174 Ed.4 on operational and performance requirements for ECDIS or IHO S-52 Annex A Ed.4 related to chart presentation.
By August 2017 all installed ECDIS products should be upgraded to comply with the new standards.