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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.
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.
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patented 4G mobile antennae will automatically update your charts every time you enter dock your charts will never be out of date, and you need never again worry about the resulting fines or punishments.
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.
Understandably there are lots of questions about ECDIS. We’ve put together this section with the most frequently asked questions and answers. If you can't find the answer to your question, feel free to get in touch and ask us.Contact us
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.
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.
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.
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.
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