When choosing an ECDIS for a marine fleet, the most important factors are that the system you select is easy to use, fail-safe, virus resistant, and easily serviceable. With those crucial elements in mind, Danelec Marine has created Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems that use the most reliable and innovative navigation hardware and software, to ensure safety and security from shore to shore.

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Unique SWAP technology
10 years service guarantee
Extensive service network



Linux stability and security
Intuitive use and interface
Software updates by crew


Additional overlay support
Seamless updates
PAYS licensing option



Onshore / Classroom
Online / CBT

Designed for Serviceability

Servicing and repairing shipboard electronics can be time consuming and expensive. In a typical service scenario, the technicians board the ship, troubleshoot the problem and determine what spares are needed to make the repair. If the parts are not available locally, they must be ordered.

Depending on the system, port state control authorities may prevent the ship’s departure until the repairs are made, resulting in expensive demurrage and port costs.

If the ship is allowed to sail, the spares must be delivered to its next port, requiring another expensive service call to complete the repairs.

Danelec Marine’s unique SoftWare Advanced Protection (SWAP) technology is a critical element for easy serviceability incorporated into all Danelec products. SWAP technology™ simplifies shipboard service by storing all system software, configuration, cartography, routes, etc. on a hot-swappable memory card that can easily be removed from the old hardware unit and inserted into the new one in case of failure.

Relocating the repair from ship to shore saves hours of time in re-installing software and re-programming the system, bringing a revolution to shipboard service.

How do we move repair from ship to shore?

  • A Danelec-trained technician arrives for a service call with a replacement unit in hand
  • The technician removes the memory card from the old unit
  • He switches out the old unit with the replacement unit
  • Inserts the memory card into the new unit
  • Then he takes the old unit to shore for repair

SWAP technology™

  • Saves time by enabling onboard repairs to be accomplished in a matter of hours, not days
  • Saves money by reducing man hours for service calls
  • Protects valuable shipboard data on a hot-swappable memory card
  • Keeps ships on schedule, eliminating import delays for repairs

In addition, Danelec Marine ECDIS systems are designed around a purpose-built Linux-based computer platform rather than an off-the-shelf PC, with fewer components for better reliability.

Since we design and manufacture our own products, we can guarantee that they can be serviced for a minimum of 10 years after the end of life of the product line.



Simple and Future Proof Concept

Danelec ECDIS systems run 100% on Linux, which is a guarantee for stability, security and high performance. The Linux operating system requires less processing power and memory compared to Windows-based systems, freeing more room for chart storage, while providing superior resistance to virus and malware.

The renewed ECDIS application software is designed with an intuitive easy-to-learn user interface in order to optimize operation and reduce training time for watchstanders.

The maximum menu depth is three levels so that all important functions and settings can be accessed with minimal clicks and drag-and-drop functionality – as opposed to complicated menu systems and difficult to find functions.


All Danelec ECDIS products with application software version 3.xx and above are fully compliant with the new IHO and IEC performance standards taking effect in August 2017.

At the same time, regulations, standards and user requirements are constantly evolving, which can make it costly to keep already installed ECDIS systems up-to-date and compliant.

Danelec ECDIS provides a future proof solution by enabling the vessel’s crew to perform upcoming software updates without the involvement of a service technician onboard.

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Chart Solution

Industry-leading Chart Solutions

The Danelec ECDIS platform runs all official Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) in S-57 and S-63 formats from any available chart sources, including Primar and UKHO, as well as NAVTOR System Electronic Navigational Charts (SENC) with added functionality.

The system is optimized for Admiralty Vector Chart Service (AVCS) providing the widest chart coverage worldwide, and also incorporates support for additional layers and overlay features, such as Admiralty Information Overlay (AIO), NAVTEX, radar targets and AIS.

The vessel’s ENC portfolio can be handled easily and with minimal user involvement via a web-based chart management tool and synchronization software. In order to lessen the administrative burden of keeping charts up-to-date, Danelec ECDIS users with a seamless update service receive automatic notifications when updates are available.

In this way updating can be done with a click of a button. In addition to the chart database, all permits, AIO data and subscribed digital publications are also updated at the same time.

Danelec ECDIS systems also support “Pay As You Sail” (PAYS) chart licensing scheme, eliminating the need to order and manage an electronic chart portfolio on board altogether.

PAYS provides a cost-effective, flexible and user-friendly way to navigate. While all ENCs are immediately available free of charge for planning purposes, only the charts actually used for navigation have to be paid for, based on tracking of the vessel’s position.

Training Options

Several Training Options to Suit Every Need

All ship’s officers in charge of navigational watch onboard vessels require ECDIS training.

This consists of generic ECDIS training based on IMO model course 1.27 as well as type specific ECDIS familiarization training on the particular equipment make and model on board.

In order to provide the most efficient training solution for navigators, Danelec Marine offers full flexibility through a wide range of training options to meet IMO requirements for type specific familiarization with our ECDIS platform.

These include:

  • Classic classroom training
  • Efficient online / CBT
    (computer based training) solution
  • Onboard training of officers
  • On-site training at the shipping
    company’s facilities
  • ECDIS TtT (Train-the-Trainer) scheme

Learn more about Danelec Marine ECDIS training options and locations >




Electronic Chart Display & Information System



Electronic Chart Display & Information System

Complete & flexible ECDIS platform

The Danelec ECDIS range is Wheelmark approved by DNV GL, and complies with all applicable IMO requirements defined in MSC.232(82), as well as the revised IEC and IHO performance standards mandatory for all new and existing ECDIS installations by August 2017.

Featuring the smallest, most compact ECDIS system available on the market, Danelec ECDIS products offer the same high quality and reliability already known from our VDR platform, together with an unmatched flexibility for easy installation on all bridges.

Our broad and flexible Danelec ECDIS product range is built on one technology platform, providing the most compelling ECDIS retrofit solution, through several alternatives to suit every need:


  • Compact, application-specific ECDIS hardware options with essential or enhanced features
  • A range of Danish manufactured monitors available in three sizes (19”, 24”, 27”)
  • Multiple keyboard choices with several mounting possibilities
  • Standalone application or console installation options

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.

ECDIS is a computer based navigation system and automated decision aid, integrating a variety of data and displaying dynamic navigation information on screen.

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.

Download our White Paper for more information on the latest ECDIS performance standards

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