ECDIS Procedures Guide 2018 Edition (eBook)

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May 2018

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ECDIS Procedures Guide 2018 Edition (eBook)

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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 maintain competence in their 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 and techniques is included, such as chart updates, route creation 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. 


Key additions in the 2018 Edition:


IHO S52 4.0 Update to Regulations and Procedures (in effect Sep 2017 onwards)

Discussion and advice on the significant operational impact of PL 4.0

Type Specific Procedures for display set-up for the most commonly used manufacturers

Quick Reference guide to all Leading Type Specific Manufacturers

New Charting Formats and introduction of S100 are discussed

Guidance for on board competence training and assessment

Preparation for Navigational Audits/PSC Inspections on ECDIS

List of previous ECDIS observations and knowledge gaps

List of ECDIS Alarms and Warning Codes and new procedure for addressing severity and impact on vessels navigational risk assessment.




About the Author

About the eMaritime Group

ECDIS Procedures Guide
1 Introduction

1.1 Use of ECDIS

1.2 Equipment

1.3 System Configuration and Maintenance

1.4 Charting and RCDS Mode

1.5 Sensor Inputs

1.6 User Guide

1.6.1 Requirement for Awareness of Procedures

2 IHO S-52 4.0 Upgrade and Alarm Management

2.1 The S-52 4.0 Upgrade

2.2 Overview of Changes

2.3 Error and Alarm Management

2.3.1 Operator Configured Alarms

2.3.2 System Alarms

2.4 Alarm/Warning/Indicator Defect Priority Table

2.5 Reference Guide to PL 4.0 Changes

2.5.1 Detection and Notification of Navigation Hazard

2.5.2 Standardised Automatic Update Symbols

2.5.3 New Temporal Attributes Symbol

2.5.4 ECDIS Display Date Dependent Features

2.5.5 Ability to Turn ON/OFF Isolated Dangers in Shallow Water

2.5.6 Shallow Water Pattern

2.5.7 SCAMIN

2.5.8 Hover-over Function

2.5.9 Anchorage Area, Fairways, Nautical Publications

2.5.10 ECDIS Legend

2.5.11 ECDIS Chart 1

2.5.12 IHO S-64 Edition 3.0(02)

3 Training

3.1 Generic ECDIS Training

3.2 Type Specific and Familiarisation Training

4 Use of ECDIS for Navigation

4.1 Over-Reliance on ECDIS

4.2 Cross-Checking ECDIS Position

4.3 Use of Radar Information Overlay (RIO)

4.4 T&Ps and the use of Admiralty Information Overlay (AIO)

4.5 ECDIS Safety Functions

4.6 Safety Depth and Safety Contour

4.7 Shallow and Deep Contour


4.8 Look-ahead


4.10 Presentation of Data

4.11 Man Overboard

4.12 RCDS Mode

5 ECDIS Display Set-up

6 Route Planning

6.1 Route Planning Principles

6.2 Appraisal

6.3 Planning

6.4 Route Creation

6.5 Route Checking

6.6 Execution – Final Adjustments Prior to Departure

6.7 Monitoring

6.8 Predictor

6.9 Anchor Watch Planning


6.11 Copying and Saving Information

7 Chart Updating

7.1 Licences and Permits

7.2 Updating Charts

7.3 Manual Updates/Corrections

7.4 Deleting Charts

7.5 Virus Protection

7.6 Software Updates

8 Quick Reference Guide to Type Specific Manufacturers

8.1 Handover Routine

8.2 GNSS Failure

8.3 ECDIS Failure

8.4 Bridge Management Card

9 Administration and Records

9.1 ECDIS Data Recording

9.2 Backup Procedure

9.3 Records

10 ECDIS Observations Based on Ship Inspections and their Implications for Competency Assurance

10.1 Training and Continuous Assessment of Competency of Ship’s ECDIS Operators

10.2 Competence Check of ECDIS Operators


Annex A Familiarisation Checklist

Annex B Safety Depth and Safety Contours

Annex C Type Specific ECDIS Course Content

Annex D Chart Spot-Check Log

Annex E Manual Corrections Log

Annex F Chart Update Log

Annex G ECDIS Management Card

Annex H ECDIS Alarms, Alerts

Annex I Type Specific Procedures for ECDIS Display Set-up


The revised 2018 Procedure guide has encapsulated the changes that have happened to your navigation software. It gives best practice and guidance on how to utilise the equipment for safe navigation. It addresses the Type Specific safety critical menus, the number of alarms that need to be managed through identifying their significance, an overview of ECDIS observations highlighting lack of knowledge regardless of the certificate the officer may hold, and the significant changes S52 PL 4.0 brought to your display in late 2017.

The lead author for this 2018 Edition was Mark Broster of ECDIS Ltd supported by the navigation team in the eMaritime Group.

After making the transition from paper to ECDIS navigation at sea himself in 2004, Mark spent the next decade developing both the IMO 1.27 ECDIS model course and wrote the first of many type specific syllabuses including the Type Specific White Paper.  He has always been clear to point out that the equipment alone in no way makes a ship safer or more efficient. In his words “Robust training and procedures make ECDIS navigation safe”.

In 2016 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh presented his Fellowship into the Royal Institute of Navigation ‘In recognition of his significant and innovative contribution to the development of modern digital navigation and bridge team training in the global maritime industry.’


He is also an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Committee member of the London branch, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Science and Technology and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. He is a Freeman in the Honorable Company of Master Mariners and winner of the prestigious annual Navigators and Directors award for his contribution for the safe integration of ECDIS to the Royal Navy Fleet.

Title: ECDIS Procedures Guide 2018 Edition (eBook)
Edition: 2018
Number of Pages: 176
Product Code: WS1629EA
Published Date: May 2018
Binding Format: Hardback Spiro

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