This is a guest post from Nick Purcell, Marketing Manager at ECDIS-Info.com
with IMO regulations.
In the past, people have used paper navigation charts to help them chart their course. However, the ECDIS eliminates this requirement by providing a hi-tech electronic version. This clever devices utilises real time information in order to pinpoint a ship's location. It can also help to avoid potential hazards, land and show objects within the vicinity of the area. The ECDIS locates your position using a combination of GPS, automatic identification systems (AIS), fathometer and radar. It offers an automated decision aid and electronic navigational charts. Its main purpose is to help mariners with planning and monitoring routes.
Electronic Chart Display and Information System's are now expected to be installed on all new build ships, with keels laid either on or after 1st July 2012.
Who Has To Have It?
All ships have to have an ECDIS, no matter what size they are. It is now a legal requirement.
What Are Nautical Charts?
If you are new to the seas and are unclear on what a nautical chart is, they are maps made to help people navigate at sea and they can be in paper or electronic form. They do this by displaying information about the depth of waters, potential dangers, elevations and ways of improving navigation. They must be carried on board all ships to comply with the latest safety regulations.
The Legal stuff
In 2009, the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee approved new regulations for the mandatory carriage requirements of ECDIS.
2.1 All ships irrespective of size shall have:
2.1.4 Nautical charts and nautical publications to plan and display
the ship’s route for the intended voyage and to plot and monitor
positions throughout the voyage; an Electronic Chart Display and
Information System (ECDIS) may be accepted as meeting the chart
carriage requirements of this subparagraph
As mentioned above, all ships have to have one. The only exceptions are if your vessel has been permanently taken out of service and cargo ships on international voyages but below the agreed tonnage limit.