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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ecdis Manufacturers News

ECDIS Manufacturers' Software Update Availability

IMO takes steps to ensure ECDIS manufacturers publish information about software updates for older systems. The manufacturers of ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems) equipment are to publish information on the latest versions of the software used to operate their equipment, in order to help clarify certain anomalies that had been identified with some older systems. This was the principal outcome of a meeting hosted by the IMO Secretariat earlier this week (11 September 2012) to discuss ways to address the matter.

Tom Mellow  (Photo: UKHO)

UKHO Calls on Shipowners Regarding Updated ECDIS Standards

IHO announces new ECDIS Standards; 12 months to complete transition. Following the announcement of updated ECDIS Standards by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), the UKHO is encouraging all shipowners to speak to their ECDIS manufacturers to ensure a smooth, timely transition. The technical standards that govern the display of Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) within an ECDIS are the responsibility of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), the international body that coordinates the activities of the community of national hydrographic offices.

Thomas Mellor (Photo: UKHO)

IMO Extends ECDIS Transition Period

The IMO subcommittee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) has extended the transition period for software updates to existing ECDIS for one year to August 31, 2017. The NCSR accepted the IHO’s proposal to give all ship owners using ECDIS more time to be able to obtain the correct software updates to the new IHO -52 presentation library and thus ensure compliance with the guidelines on Maintenance of ECDIS software contained in IMO MSC 1.circ 1503. The latest IHO Presentation Library (version 4.0) addresses the number one complaint leveled at ECDIS…

Fourth Online ECDIS Familiarization Course Released

Following the release of the third online course, Hamburg-based online training specialist, Safebridge, has now released its ECDIS familiarization training package for the Transas Navi-Sailor 4000. Using the Navi-Sailor software running in real time, the content follows the requirements set by the various Flag States and provides 16-18 hours of study followed by an online test. A manufacturer-approved certificate is delivered immediately and automatically upon successful test completion.

Safebridge Adds Kelvin Hughes ECDIS Training

Online simulation training specialist Safebridge will launch a new training course for Kelvin Hughes MantaDigital Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS). Kelvin Hughes Marine Systems, a supplier of ships’ bridge systems, has appointed Safebridge and its sister company MSG MarineServe GmbH as authorized training providers for Kelvin Hughes ECDIS products. The new course is available online through the Safebridge cloud-based Internet infrastructure, on-board or as classroom-based training through the ECDIS Training Consortium (ETC) Network.

Safebridge links with Raytheon Anschütz

Cooperation Agreement to provide their 5th type-specific ECDIS training solution. With the pressure on to train seafarers in the use of ECDIS, the online simulation training company Safebridge is in negotiation with various ECDIS suppliers to offer online, type-specific ECDIS training based on the ECDIS manufacturer’s own software. The latest manufacturer to sign a cooperation agreement with Safebridge is Raytheon Anschütz, a leading supplier of navigation systems to both merchant and naval vessels.

ECDIS Ltd. Unveils Vstep Nautis Bridge Simulator

ECDIS Ltd unveil Vstep Nautis Full Mission Bridge Simulator primarily for Bridge Team training but fitted with 4 ECDIS systems. UK based ECDIS training and consultancy company ECDIS Ltd unveiled the simulator at the opening of the facility by MP George Hollingbery in Southampton. The Bridge Simulator is to accompany the six smaller NAUTIS simulators already used for visual channels during the IMO 1.27 Model ECDIS Course. VSTEP are world renowned for their simulator software and…

The Full Mission Bridge Simulator

ECDIS Ltd Install VSTEP NAUTIS

UK based ECDIS training and consultancy company ECDIS Ltd unveiled a VSTEP NAUTIS full mission bridge simulator with a 315° viewing capability. It is to primarily be used for Bridge Team training but has been fitted with 4 different ECDIS systems all integrated with the NAUTIS software. The Simulator was opened last month by MP George Hollingbery in Southampton. The Bridge Simulator is to accompany the six smaller NAUTIS simulators already used for visual channels during the IMO 1.27 Model ECDIS Course.

Photo: UKHO

AVCS Users Urged to Check ECDIS Compliance

Ahead of the IHO’s compliance deadline of August 31, 2017, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has urged owners and operators to ensure their ECDIS systems are using S-52 Presentation Library Edition 4.0. Vital to navigational safety, the presentation library in S-52 governs how ENC data is portrayed on ECDIS screens and supports consistent display of navigational information across type-approved ECDIS. The UKHO emphasised that the compliance deadline coincides with…

Thomas Mellor (Photo: UKHO)

UKHO Calls for Vigilance to Avoid ECDIS-related Detentions

Ship owners, operators and managers have been called on by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to exercise greater vigilance in order to tackle the rise in ECDIS-related detentions and the risks to safety at sea. With a growing majority of the global fleet having completed the switch to digital navigation, evidence is emerging that the number of ECDIS-related issues during inspections and audits is on the rise. Earlier this year, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) reported a significant increase in the number of ships detained because of ECDIS deficiencies.

Alternative onboard competency assurance training using modern smart technology, such as iPads and smart phones (Image: ECDIS Ltd)

Inspectors Get Tough on ECDIS

ECDIS ACAT (Annual Competency Assurance Training): the Inspectors training in ECDIS has without doubt increased safety at sea as it highlights that not all is well, regardless of certificates held. Few are aware that the world is halfway through an international project to train around 1,000 inspectors and PSC officers in ECDIS. Without doubt, it has already dramatically increased the safety of navigation at sea by providing inspecting officers with all the relevant questions that need to be asked for all the 38 manufacturers, regardless of what certificates the officers hold.

new purpose built state of the art training facility near Southampton in the UK.

ECDIS Ltd Opens New Training Facility

UK based ECDIS training and consultancy company ECDIS Ltd has announced the opening of their new purpose built state of the art training facility near Southampton in the UK. The larger facility means that ECDIS Ltd has the ability to provide an increased supply of multiple approved Generic and Type Specific training on a number of the leading manufacturer’s software every week of the year. ECDIS Ltd provides comprehensive approved ECDIS training to be found anywhere in the world.

MSG MarineServe GmbH Obtains German Flag State Approval of ECDIS Courses

MSG MarineServe GmbH obtains German Flag State approval of its ECDIS Training Courses. MSG MarineServe GmbH has received, as one of the first German training providers, approval from the BSH (Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency), the German Flag State, for its STCW compliant ECDIS Training Programme. ECDIS Training is now a mandatory requirement for all ship’s captains and officers on SOLAS ships equipped with ECDIS, as the STCW manila Amendments came into force on the 1st of January, 2012.

ClassNK Executive Vice President Koichi Fujiwara (left) presenting a certificate to PJMTM President Eduardo U. Manese.

PJMTM Center Earns ClassNK Certification

ClassNK announced that it has certified the type specific ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) training courses provided by the newly established ECDIS training center, Philippines-Japan Maritime Training Management Inc. (PJMTM). ClassNK Executive Vice President Koichi Fujiwara presented the certificates to PJMTM President Eduardo U. Manese during the center’s opening ceremony on 8 November 2012. New amendments to SOLAS requiring ECDIS systems be installed on vessels are being phased-in beginning this year…

Photo courtesy of Safebridge

Safebridge Hosts German Port State Control

Safebridge, a provider of web-based e-learning products for the maritime industry, providing online, onboard and classroom training for nautical officers and captains, hosted the Port State Control of Germany in January 2016 offering a customized Basic ECDIS Training for the inspection officers of the BG Verkehr, the Authority responsible for conducting Port State inspections on vessels hailing German ports. The training covered the legal, technical and operational requirements for the carriage of ECDIS as primary means of navigation.

Safebridge Training Schemes Receives State Recognition

Safebridge’s Online E-Learning and Simulation Training Receives State Recognition. Safebridge GmbH, the Hamburg-based E-learning specialist in maritime ECDIS training, having established its innovative online simulation technology for type-specific ECDIS training, today announced that it has been awarded state funding by the Hamburg Authority for Management, Commerce and Innovation (BWVI). The award recognizes the valuable contribution that the technology to combine E-learning and simulation makes to the safety of ship navigation through learning by doing.

ECDIS Familiarisation Course On Show at Upcoming Expo

Safebridge will show a full working version of its ECDIS familiarisation course at SMM Hamburg. The full working version of the ECDIS familiarisation course will be linked via the web to the Safebridge online server and the original manufacturer’s own software. Having released the first course covering type-specific training on the Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT5 in May, Safebridge is now finalising courseware for its other manufacturing partners, which include Raytheon Anschuetz, Transas Marine, JRC, Imtech, ChartWorld, Sam Electronics and 7Cs.

Roger Ringstad, Managing Director, Seagull Maritime AS Photo Seagull

Seagull, Safebridge offer ECDIC Training Portfolio

Safebridge, a worldwide leading provider of web-based E-Learning products for the maritime industry, providing online, onboard and classroom training for nautical officers and captains, has launched a joint initiative with Seagull Maritime AS. Drawing on the strengths of each organisation, the partners will make E-learning expertise from Safebridge and the wide-ranging onboard training platform from Seagull available through a combined offer, benefiting seafarers worldwide. Today, a wide variety of ECDIS solutions can be found onboard ships.

ECDIS Training Course Now Revised

At the request of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs  (BMVBS), Interschalt joined the German delegation attending the London meeting of the 43rd Subcommittee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in May 2012. Serving as a consultant, Interschalt, which is headquartered in Schenefeld, Germany (near Hamburg), made  important suggestions and proposals aimed at improving basic training in the area of the ECDIS (Electronic Chart  Display and Information System).

Captain Paul Hailwood, UKHO ECDIS Seminar (Photo: UKHO)

UKHO ‘Living with ECDIS’ Seminars at Nor-Shipping

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced the details of its free-to-attend ECDIS Seminars at Nor-Shipping, which have been updated to include the implications for shipowners and operators of the updated IHO ENC (Electronic Nautical Charts) Standards. The UKHO’s ‘Living with ECDIS’ Seminars will take place on Wednesday, June 3 and Thursday, June 4 at Nor-Shipping and will be presented by Captain Paul Hailwood, a renowned expert on ECDIS and integrated bridge operations, and Tom Mellor.

'National Geographic Explorer': Photo credit ADVETO

Research Ship's ADVETO ECDIS-4000 Upgrade

Sweden's Adveto ECDIS-4000 system on board 'National Geographics Explorer' upgraded to fulfil IMO compliance standard. During the vessel's recent visit to Scandinavia the National Geographics Explorer was successfully upgraded with the latest software from ADVETO. The new software release has been tested and meets the standards set for ECDIS by the IHO, with particular reference to the recent IHO circular ‘Update Report on IHO Action concerning ECDIS Software Issues’. IHO said that it had checked the performance of systems from 15 out of 25 recognised manufacturers of type-approved ECDIS…

Furuno Refines Operation of New EDCIS Series

Furuno's new FMD3x00 ECDIS series, utilizes an all-new intuitive and task-based Graphical User Interface, designed by navigators for navigators, the manufacturers say. The FMD3x00 ECDIS allows for up to five profiles to be customized by individual watchkeepers. This allows each team member to customize their own personal settings, then save and recall their profile as needed. A special playback function allows the bridge team to replay a voyage for training or review purposes.

 left to right: Steinar Gundersen (Deputy CEO MARIS AS), Shravan Rewari (Managing Director ARI Simulation) and Bhupesh Gandhi (Director MARIS Asia Pacific Pte Ltd)

MARIS and ARI Extend Links

Electronic navigation and ECDIS specialist, Maritime Information Systems AS, (MARIS) and New Delhi-headquartered ARI Simulation, the ISO 9001:2000 certified leading global supplier of simulation technology, are to extend their long-standing cooperation in three key areas. The two companies are to focus on type specific training, combined certification and on providing charts and electronic navigational data through MARIS Digital Services (MDS) to all ARI installations. The new…

The Adveto ECDIS route on the ship to the left appears in the Kongsberg Shore Centre application to the right. The difference in route leg appearance is due to different chart projections. The successful operational test started with the Adveto ECDIS system. (Image: STM)

STM Validation: Interoperable Ship and Shore Center Services

Inspired by the European program for Air Traffic Managemen, the Sea Traffic Management (STM) methodology has been developed by the Swedish Maritime Administration MonaLisa project to define a set of systems and procedures to guide and monitor maritime traffic. The STM Validation project co-financed by the European Union has made the first operational tests with the shore center manufacturers. The key to the interoperability between different systems is the robust underlying infrastructure.

UK P&I Club: Concerns about ECDIS

The UK P&I Club recently completed a series of three short articles which provide a user friendly guide to the mystery surrounding electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS). These have now been consolidated into a 16-page booklet "ECDIS - Navigational and claims issues" that is available in hard copy from the Club or as a .pdf file from the club's website. While the booklet is not really intended for navigators, it should, the Club believes, be of great value to…

Rendering courtesy of Raytheon Anschütz

Synapsis INS for Two New Wind Farm Service Vessels

The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz, says that  together with its exclusive Norwegian distributor Syberg AS, it has been awarded a contract for the supply of an advanced Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS) to two new state-of-the-art wind farm service vessels. Raytheon explains that the Norwegian shipyard, Havyard Ship Technology in Leirvik / Sogn, is designing and building the new vessels which have to meet the highest demands on design, safety, efficiency and performance.