500 GT) with a transitioning period as shown below.
The new carriage requirement is for one ECDIS with suitable back up arranagements, which can be fulfilled either by a type-approved backup ECDIS or official, up-to-date paper charts.
Besides that ECDIS will become a mandatory system onboard vessels, the implementation and use of ECDIS provides a wide range of advantages.
It makes the voyage planning easier by allowing optimization according to time, speed and other parameters, and any modification is accomplished by a simple drag and drop action or by a click and inserting a modified value.
It gives a reason for better safety in the voyage planning by taking the ship’s draft into consideration when planning the route and combine this with dangerous areas or areas of special attention.
Part of the planning job is the chart management, and this is made easier by using official electronic navigation charts (ENC) or ARCS.
The first step is to determine the effect on your fleet, when your vessels have to be ready to comply with the new carriage requirement.
From 2012 onwards to 2018 all IMO vessels over 10,000 GT on top of other vessel types specified in the table below are requested to install and operate ECDIS.
Please refer to the below overview to find the implementation schedule for your vessels.
Vessels may be exempt from this obligatory carriage of ECDIS if they are taken out of operation in less than two years after the implementation date.
Updating charts can be done either from a CD-ROM/DVD received from the chart vendor or via satellite using an intermediate PC onboard or through a direct connection to the ECDIS through Service Gateway.