ECDIS Procedures Guide

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March 2012

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The ECDIS Procedures Guide provides recommendations designed to accompany a ship’s Safety Management System (SMS) regarding the use of ECDIS for navigation and voyage planning.

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In line with STCW requirements, navigating officers are required to adopt and adhere to new watchkeeping routines and practices when using ECDIS. The ECDIS Procedures Guide provides a framework, as well as supporting background information and useful checklists, to aid officers in fulfilling these requirements and to help companies implement best practices in the use of ECDIS on board their ships. Information on the majority of ECDIS operations is included, such as chart updates, route creating and checking and ECDIS safety functions. This is supplemented by a useful ECDIS Management Card and example logs for chart spot checks, manual corrections and chart updates.

Chapter 1 – Introduction and Policy

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Use of ECDIS

1.3 Equipment

1.4 System Configuration and Maintenance

1.5 Charting and RCDS Model

1.6 Sensor Inputs

1.7 User Guide

Chapter 2 – Training

2.1 Generic ECDIS Training

2.2 Type Specific Training

Chapter 3 – Use of ECDIS for Navigation

3.1 Over Reliance on ECDIS

3.2 Proving ECDIS Correct

3.3 Use of Radar Information Overlay (RIO) in Support of Fixing

3.4 Use of Admiralty Information Overlay (AIO)

3.5 ECDIS Safety Functions

3.6 Safety Depth

3.7 Safety Contour

3.8 Shallow and Deep Contour

3.9 Anti Grounding Cone


3.11 Presentation of Data

3.12 Selection of Sensors

3.13 Man Overboard

3.14 Alarms and Warnings

3.15 RCDS Mode

3.16 Use of ECDIS at Night

3.17 ECDIS Display Configuration

3.18 Handover Routine

3.19 GNSS Failure

3.20 ECDIS Failure

3.21 Bridge Management Card

Chapter 4 – Use of ECDIS on Passage

4.1 Use of ECDIS on Passage

Chapter 5 – Route Planning

5.1 Route Planning Principles

5.2 Appraisal

5.3 Planning

5.4 Route Creation

5.5 Route Checking

5.6 Execution

5.7 Monitoring

5.8 Limiting Danger Lines

5.9 Predictor

5.10 Guard Zone

5.11 Anchor Watch Planning


5.13 Chart Accuracy

5.14 Copying and Saving Information

Chapter 6 – Chart Updating

6.1 Licences and Permits

6.2 Updating Charts

6.3 Manual Corrections

6.4 Deleting Charts

6.5 Virus Protection

6.6 Software Updates

Chapter 7 – Administration and Records

7.1 ECDIS Data Recording

7.2 Backup Procedure

7.3 Records

7.4 Check-off Cards

Annex A – Type Specific ECDIS Course Content

Annex B – Chart Spot Check Log Example

Annex C – Manual Corrections Log Example

Annex D – Chart Update Log Example

Annex E – ECDIS Management Card

These procedures provide recommendations for how ECDIS should be configurated and used as a ship’s primary means of navigation. To achieve compliance with international regulations, a ship may navigate with ECDIS as the primary means of navigation if:

  • Sufficient official data adequate for the intended passage is installed (ENC and RNC)

  • The installed ECDIS is type approved

  • A second type approved ECDIS is installed as a backup

  • Adequate generic and type specific training has taken place

  • Any additional requirements laid down by Flag State are fulfilled

Additionally, a ship may navigate paperless if:

  • It is utilising ENC’s to fulfil the chart requirement (ie official vector charts only).

Title: ECDIS Procedures Guide
Number of Pages: 49
Product Code: WS1365K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-535-8 (9781856095358), ISBN 10: 1-85609-535-5 (1856095355)
Published Date: March 2012
Weight: 0.50 kg

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