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iECDIS from Martek Marine is the Complete Compliance Package including:

  • Fully compliant ECDIS
  • Reliable military grade hardware including a glare resistant screen 
  • Simple and easy to use interface 
  • No ongoing maintenance costs
  • Quick and easy installation, anywhere in the world at anytime
  • 24/7 Customer Support
  • Flexible training options including on-board training and CBT
  • Automatic route planning and route exporting/importing
  • Expanding inputs for additional functionality
  • Accessible charts
  • Pre-loaded charts including rapid updates.

ECDIS is changing!

The IEC and IMO have made sweeping changes to the standards for Electronic Chart Display and Information Standards (ECDIS) under IEC 61174 and if you aren’t compliant and have ECDIS installed before August 2017, a flag state inspection could lead to heavy fines or even detention! Contact us today to find out how to get ECDIS on-board your ship before the deadline approaches. 

iECDIS™ from Martek Marine takes away the stress of choosing ECDIS. We will take care of everything – from the initial risk assessment and project plan, right up to installation, training and 24/7 technical support. 

Interested in receiving a FREE NO-OBLIGATION ECDIS project plan? – We will carry out a complete assessment of your needs and write a project plan detailing exactly what ECDIS you need and what needs to happen, by when to make sure you have ECDIS installed and your crew fully trained ahead of the compliance deadline. You don’t even need to buy from us – this is a FREE service that we offer to help our customers understand the requirements and what can be done. Contact us today to find out more. 

Don’t get caught out and choose ECDIS from a supplier that sells hardware containing moving parts! ECDIS is, at the end of the day, a computer and some manufacturers sell standard computer equipment which is prone to system failure and malfunction. 

Moving parts = Ongoing maintenance Fees

iECDIS from Martek Marine has no moving parts and therefore no ongoing maintenance fees.  Built to a rugged, military-grade specification, the iECDIS is designed to last. It’s a robust piece of equipment that can cope in the harshest of conditions and able to withstand all that the offshore environment can throw at it – this includes a glare-resistant screen. The system is easy to operate and offers multiple chart update options, including email, DVD, and CD-ROM and thanks to the system’s 'Intelligent iChart Innovation' there is no need to manually update charts.The newly patented 4G mobile antennae will automatically update your charts every time you enter dock your charts will never be out of date, and you need never again worry about the resulting fines or punishments.

Buyers of iECDIS™ system will also benefit from our 24/7 legendary customer support. We handle the whole process from choosing the product to installing it, and we provide ongoing after-sales support. You will have continual access to our highly trained support staff and will be able to benefit from our intimate understanding of marine legislation and our vast experience. Just pick up the phone and raise a query and we will get on it straight away. 

The standards for ECDIS have been revised by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and published as IEC 61174:2015: Maritime Navigation and Radiocommunication Equipment and Systems – Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) – Operational and Performance Requirements, Methods of Testing and Required Test Results.

Compliance with International Hydrographic Office (IHO) standards
Note that IEC 61174:2015 makes reference to the latest versions of the IHO standards:

  • S-52 – Specifications for Chart Content and Display Aspects of ECDIS (including its Annex A – the Presentation Library for ECDIS); and
  • S-64 – Test Data Sets for ECDIS.

Shipowners and managers are reminded to ensure their ECDIS arrangements comply with these standards (refer to IMO circular, SN.1/Circ.266/Rev.1, dated December 2010). There will be a transitional period during which the previous editions of S-52 and S-64 will remain valid. This period will end on 31 July, 2016.

Other changes to IEC 61174:2015
The new standard also includes the following changes:  

  • Requirements have been added for display of radar and AIS information; new interface requirements have been added for BNWAS, VDR, BAM, MSI, INS and route transfer.
  • A requirement for an anchor watch has been added.
  • Additional test methods are specified for operation of ECDIS beyond the normal range between 85 degrees South latitude and 85 degrees North latitude.

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Our mission is to Revolutionise Ship Safety, Performance and Crew Welfare. In addition to LEGENDARY customer service, we offer a Lifetime Happiness Guarantee. If you are not happy with any aspect or our service or support we will give you your money back!

iECDIS has no hidden fees or catches, and no ongoing maintenance costs. There are no long-term contracts you need to sign and all costs are outlined before you make a decision - you don't need to worry about being hit with any hidden costs once your system has been installed. We offer flexible payment solutions and the option to hire the ECDIS package instead of buy it.  

You can also choose a flexible service package and a range of optional extras, including a comprehensive compliance review with iPlan and specialised training delivered in a classroom setting or on-board your vessel.

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FAQs

 

Here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about ECDIS. If you can't find the answer to your question in the list below then feel free to click on the contact us button at the bottom of the page and ask us your question.

 

Q. What is an ECDIS? 

A. ECDIS is defined in the IMO ECDIS Performance Standards (IMO Resolution A.817(19)) as follows: 

“Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) means a navigation information system which, with adequate back up arrangements, can be accepted as complying with the up-to-date chart required by regulation V/19 & V/27 of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, by displaying selected information from navigation sensors to assist the mariner in route planning and route monitoring, and by displaying additional navigation-related information if required.” 

Put in simpler terms it is a computer-based navigation system that integrates electronic navigational charts (ENC), position information from the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other navigational sensors, such as radar, fathometer and automatic identification systems (AIS) to provide an alternative to paper navigation charts.  

 

Q. How soon can the installation be completed? 

A. Installation is available ANYWHERE in the world and at ANYTIME. Martek Marine has a Global service network where installation can be carried out anywhere at short notice. The ECDIS installation takes approximately 2 days to complete 

 

Q. How is your system different to all the others I have seen? 

A. iECDIS from Martek Marine offers the complete compliance package. We take the stress away of choosing ECDIS as we will take care of everything – from the initial risk assessment and project plan, right up to installation, training and 24/7 technical support. Our iECDIS system is heavy duty, military spec hardware which has the ultimate stability and durability out at sea. It is the fastest ECDIS system on the market with a 2.4 GHZ processer and 4/8GB of RAM. iECDIS has a 32GB solid state drive (SSD) which won’t wear out like conventional hard disc drives. It can pre-load the entire database onto the system, so we only need to unlock new charts as and when required. Perfect for VSLS tramping/ on the spot market which will require new passage plans on short notice. The fanless operation with no moving parts means that maintenance is free with an extended lifespan. We offer zero cost for servicing and maintenance whilst providing weekly updates Automatic/ Semi- Automatic, and software updates to comply with legislation inclusive perpetually.  

 

Q. What are the IMO Regulations regarding ECDIS? 

A. At its 86th session from May 26 to June 5 2009, the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee approved new regulations making the carriage of ECDIS mandatory. 

The resulting amendments to SOLAS Chapter V regulation 19.2 require ships engaged on international voyages to be fitted with ECDIS according to the table below. 

Looking for more information? Read our article on ECDIS regulations here.

 

Q. When does it come into force? 

A. The requirement for the installation of an ECDIS comes into force over the next 6 years from July 2012 in stages depending on the vessel type. 

The IEC and IMO have made sweeping changes to the standards for Electronic Chart Display and Information Standards (ECDIS) under IEC 61174 and if you aren’t compliant and have ECDIS installed before August 2017, a flag state inspection could lead to heavy fines or even detention!  

 

Q. How do I comply with the regulations? 

A. To comply with the IMO regulations you will be required to install an ECDIS with type approval from the recognised organisations or marine classification societies nominated by flag states within the timescale shown in the above timetable. The primary method for navigation will be ECDIS but a back up is required in the event of a failure. The back up can either be a secondary ECDIS (known as a dual system) connected to an independent power supply and GPS position input or the traditional paper charts.  

Looking for more information? Read our article on ECDIS compliance here.

 

Q. What is a nautical chart?  

A. Nautical charts are maps specifically designed to meet the requirements of marine navigation, showing amongst other things depths, nature of bottom, elevations, configuration and characteristics of coast, dangers and aids to navigation. IMO requirements are for all vessels engaged on international voyages to carry nautical charts on board. 

Nautical charts can be in analogue form (paper charts) or digital (electronic charts). However, only charts issued by or on the authority of a government and official Hydrographic Office are classified as official charts and authorised to fulfil carriage requirements. Any other type of chart (private charts) is not permitted as tools for navigation under the IMO SOLAS convention. 

There are two types of OFFICIAL digital/electronic charts – Raster Navigational Charts (RNC) and Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC) which are known as vector charts:  

  • Raster (RNC) – this is purely a scanned and passive image of a paper chart. 
  • Vector (ENC) – these maps are manipulative by the user to show specific user-defined information and the features are drawn from a series of points, lines and area shapes. Also, warning alarms can be created to aid avoidance of disaster i.e. grounding of vessel. 

 

Looking for more information? Read our article on navigational charts here.

 

Q. What is an ENC? 

A. ENC is an acronym for Electronic Navigation Chart which is a file containing the official chart data that an ECDIS utilises. The IMO defines an ENC as follows: 

ENC means the database, standardised as to content, structure and format, issued for use with ECDIS on the authority of government-authorised Hydrographic Offices. The ENC contains all the chart information useful for safe navigation and may contain supplementary information in addition to that contained in the paper, which may be considered necessary for safe navigation. 

The use of ENCs in an approved and certified ECDIS and with appropriate back up arrangements is the only paperless chart option for vessel navigation. 

 

Q. What is a SENC? 

A. SENC is an acronym for System Electronic Navigational Chart. An ECDIS converts ENC data into its own internal SENC format for optimal chart image creation. SENC data can differ between manufacturers.   

“The System Electronic Navigational Chart (SENC) means a database resulting from the transformation of the ENC by ECDIS for appropriate use, updates to the ENC by appropriate means and other data added by the mariner. It is this database that is actually accessed by ECDIS for the display generation and other navigational functions and is the equivalent to an up-to-date paper chart.”  

 

Q. What is RCDS? 

A. RCDS is an acronym for Raster Chart Display System. A vessel is permitted to sail in RCDS mode if approved by their flag state for geographical areas where there are no ENCs available. For Flag state conformance, vessels must also carry up to date paper charts for these areas. Using RCDS mode in ENC available geographic areas is forbidden. If sailing in RCDS mode then paper charts become the primary form of navigation and the electronic chart is simply an aid to navigation. 

Looking for more information? There's further information about using ECDIS in RCDS mode in our related article here.

 

Q. How is the chart update process managed? 

A. Chart updates for the Martek Marine iECDIS can be done directly to vessels by DVD, e-mail or online. We understand the complexity of managing the changes to chart folios resulting from changing vessels' trading patterns or available ENC coverage. We can ensure that your vessel can have the latest charts via a variety of update methods. 

 

Q. What else is needed to comply? 

A. As well as the purchase and installation of a fully approved ECDIS, compliant training is also required. 

 

Q. What training is required? 

A. Bridge officers / OOW should receive flag state approved general ECDIS training that follows the IMO Model Course 1.27 (40 hours) to satisfy the IMO Standards for Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW). In addition to this, manufacturer approved equipment-specific training needs to be carried out according to the IMO’s International Safety Management (ISM) Code. Martek Marine offer flexible training options including on-board training and CBT. This is available ANYWHERE and at ANYTIME be our first-class engineers.  

The relevant ECDIS training regulations that apply are:

IMO Document STCW.7/Circ.18 - 22 May 2012

The Sub-Committee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping, at its forty-third session (30 April to 4 May 2012), considered the need for guidance on ECDIS training. The information presented below aims to assist Member Governments, Parties to the STCW Convention, companies and seafarers in ensuring that training programmes in the use of ECDIS provided to masters and officers* certificated under chapter II or VII of the STCW Convention serving on ships fitted with ECDIS takes into account:

1 the mandatory carriage of ECDIS, as required by SOLAS regulation V/19.2.10, which will be subject to a staged entry into force between 1 July 2012 and 1 July 2018;
2 the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code which have introduced ECDIS training for master and officers;
3 the transitional provisions of the 2010 Manila Amendments which require seafarers to be trained according to the new competence standards before 1 January 2017;
4 that there is, however, for some ships, a potential training gap associated with the ECDIS carriage requirement. Masters and officers certificated under chapter II of the STCW Convention on ships fitted with ECDIS, might not have received ECDIS training satisfying the requirements of the 2010 Manila Amendments. This potential gap may occur up to 1 January 2017;
5 masters and officers certificated under chapter II of the STCW Convention serving on board ships fitted with ECDIS are to be familiarized (in accordance with STCW regulation I/14) with the ship's equipment including ECDIS;
6 ECDIS manufacturers are encouraged to provide resources, such as type-specific materials, which could be provided on a CD or DVD. These resources may form part of the ECDIS familiarization training;
7 while there may be no requirement for masters and officers serving on vessels fitted with ECDIS to meet the 2010 Manila Amendments before 1 January 2017, it is encouraged that, prior to serving on such vessels, these seafarers should be provided with generic training, for example, the IMO model course 1.27;
8 after 1 January 2017, all masters and officers serving on ships fitted with ECDIS certificated under chapter II of the STCW Convention shall have undertaken appropriate generic ECDIS training (which may be based upon IMO model course 1.27), meeting the competence requirements of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code;
9 regulation I/14, paragraph 1.5 of the STCW Convention, as well as sections 6.3 and 6.5 of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, requires companies to ensure seafarers are provided with familiarization training. A ship safety management system should include familiarization with the ECDIS equipment fitted, including its backup arrangements, sensors and related peripherals. To assist Member Governments, Parties to the STCW Convention, companies and seafarers, a record of such familiarization should be provided;
10 Administrations should inform their port State control officers of the requirements for ECDIS training as detailed in paragraph 9 above. A certificate of competency issued in accordance* with the 2010 Manila Amendments would be prima facie evidence of generic ECDIS training; however, a record of the ship specific familiarization of the ECDIS should be provided; and
11 attention is also drawn to STCW.7/Circ.17 – Advice for port State control officers on transitional arrangements leading up to the full implementation of the requirements of the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code on 1 January 2017 and STCW.7/Circ.16 – Clarification of transitional provisions relating to the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention and Code.

 

Looking for more information? There's further information about ECDIS training in our related article here.

 

Q. Is there a global support and service network available? 

A. Martek Marine have over 60 distribution, sales and service partners across the world to provide the very best after-sales service 24 hours a day. 

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