ECDIS News

SOLAS Chapter V/19 Paragraphs 2.1.4, 2.10 and 2.11 relating to the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) are newly added.
Carriage requirements of ECDIS and back-up arrangement are phased in from 1 July 2012. This ECDIS News intends to provide information regarding the requirements related to the implementation of ECDIS.

  • Attention:
  • IHO has announced a revision of IHO standards and the revision is effective from 1 September 2017. Please refer to TEC-1101 and TEC-1106. And also, please refer to the approved ECDIS software update list from below link.
     List of approved ECDIS and ECDIS software updates

1. Applicable ships

The carriage requirements shall apply to the following ships engaged on international voyages:

  • (1)  Passenger ships of 500 GT and upwards;
  • (2)  Tanker* of 3,000 GT and upwards; and
  • (3)  New building cargo ships other than tanker of 3,000 GT and upward, and existing cargo ships other than tanker of 10,000 GT and upward.

*"Tanker" means a cargo ship constructed or adapted for the carriage in bulk of liquid cargoes of a flammable nature.

2. Applicable due date

The due date for above ships is as follows:
Definition of “constructed” is as per the paragraph 1 of SOLAS Chapter V/2.

  • (1)  Passenger ship
    • (i) Passenger ship constructed on or after 1 July 2012, not later than the initial safety equipment survey.
    • (ii) Passenger ship constructed before 1 July 2012, not later than the first safety equipment survey on or after 1 July 2014.
  • (2)  Tanker
    • (i) Tanker constructed on or after 1 July 2012, not later than the initial safety equipment survey.
    • (ii) Tanker constructed before 1 July 2012, not later than the first safety equipment survey on or after 1 July 2015.
  • (3)  Cargo ship other than tanker
    • (i) Cargo ship, of 10,000 GT and upwards constructed on or after 1 July 2013, not later than the initial safety equipment survey.
    • (ii) Cargo ship, of 3,000 GT and upward but less than 10,000 GT constructed on or after 1 July 2014, not later than the initial safety equipment survey.
    • (iii) Cargo ship, of 50,000 GT and upward constructed before 1 July 2013, not later than the first safety equipment survey on or after 1 July 2016.
    • (iv) Cargo ship, of 20,000 GT and upward but less than 50,000 GT constructed before 1 July 2013, not later than the first safety equipment survey on or after 1 July 2017.
    • (v) Cargo ship, of 10,000 GT and upward but less than 20,000 GT constructed before 1 July 2013, not later than the first safety equipment survey on or after 1 July 2018.
  • (4)  Ship constructed under the conditions of above (1) (ii), (2) (ii), (3) (iii), (iv) and (v), but delivered after the applicable due date, not later than the initial safety equipment survey.

3. Functional Requirements for ECDIS

ECDIS installed as meeting the chart carriage requirements and using for navigation shall be complied with as follows:

  • (1)  Performance standards for ECDIS
    IMO Resolution MSC.232(82) for ECDIS is applied.
  • (2)  Requirements of back-up arrangement
    Nautical paper charts or an ECDIS provided with electronic nautical charts are complied with as a backup arrangement for ECDIS,
    The backup ECDIS should be complied with the IMO resolution MSC.232(82) Appendix 6.
    ECDIS function

4. Type approval of ECDIS

  • (1)  Type of ECDIS shall be approved by the Administration or Organizations approved by the Administration.
  • (2)  ECDIS shall comply with the requirements of IMO performance standards.
    • (i) ECDIS installed on or after 1 Jan. 2009 shall comply with the IMO resolution MSC. 232(82).
    • (ii) ECDIS installed before 1 Jan. 2009 shall be complied with the A.817(19), MSC.64(67) annex 5 and MSC.86(70) annex 4, and provided IHO standard software and be able to display all information of latest ENC.
    • (ii) Latest IEC 61174 Test standards for ECDIS shall be applied.
    • (ili) ECDIS installed after 1 September 2017 shall comply with the IMO resolution MSC. 232(82) and shall have type-approval which IEC 61174 Edition 4.0 is applied.
       List of approved ECDIS and ECDIS software updates

5. Electronic Navigation Charts (ENC)

ECDIS is acceptable as meeting the chart carriage requirements and shall be complied with carriage requirements of ENC for navigation.
When ship intends to omit provisions for paper charts, it should be satisfied with additional requirements.
ENC

6. Guidance for ECDIS installation

  • (1)  Steps for ECDIS installation
  • (2)  Guidance for ECDIS installation
  • (3)  Treatment of ECDIS installed before 1 July 2012
  • (4)  Treatment of TCS using ECDIS connected to HCS (Auto pilot)
    Detail of guidance

7. Plan approval for ECDIS installation

For ECDIS already installed on board the ship and newly installed for existing ships before applicable due date, the drawings of installation are not necessary to be submitted for approval. However, please apply for verification survey on the installation.

8. Survey for ECDIS

The following should be ensured or verified during the survey:

  • (1)  Copy of type approval certificate and performance standards applied;
  • (2)  Connection to emergency source of electrical power, gyro compass, speed log and GPS receiver;
  • (3)  Display of latest ENC on the ECDIS and possession of ENC fully provided for intended voyages;
  • (4)  Back-up arrangement complied with the requirement;
  • (5)  When navigation charts are supplied as a backup, the charts should be updated; and
  • (6)  Master and deck officer’s Training certificates

9. Other information

  • (1)  The IMO documentations,
    IMO Documents
  • (2)  Flag State information

Flag States Information/Notice for ECDIS

Flag state Circular No. Title Download Issue date
Antigua and Barbuda Circular 2012-006 (Rev 1) ECDIS and Carriage of Electronic Publications Original Dec. 2012
Australia Marine Notice 8/2016 Guidance on ECDIS for ships calling at Australian ports Original Apr. 2016
--- ECDIS FAQ: Refer to website of AMSA. --- ---
Bahamas Bulletin No.51 Rev.7 ECDIS, Nautical Charts and Publications Original 9 Feb. 2016
Bulletin No.138 Rev.2 ECDIS Training Requirements Original 16 Nov. 2015
Bermuda Shipping Notice 2011-010 Introduction of BNWAS and ECDIS Original 26 Jan. 2011
Cayman Islands Shipping Notice 03/2015 Rev.1 ECDIS on Cayman Islands Ships and Yachts Original 20 Aug. 2015
Cook Islands Circular 14/2010 Nautical Charts and Publications - Carriage Requirements Original 21 Jan. 2010
Cyprus Circular No. 29/2012 STCW 78, as Amended- Issue of Seafarer’s Identification and Sea Service Record Books and Endorsements Attesting the Recognition of Non Cyprus Certificate (ECDIS Training) Original 28 June 2012
Circular No. 17/2011 Use of Nautical Publications in a Digital Format Original 6 May 2011
Dominica CD-PL 02-15 Rev01 Nautical Chart and Publication Carriage and ECDIS Requirements Original 20 July 2015
Greece Circular No. 4339.20/03/11 Installation and Operation of ECDIS on board Greek Vessels Original 16 Nov. 2011
Hong Kong No.13/2013 Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) Original 27 May 2013
No.2/2011 Maintenance of ECDIS Software Original 3 Jan. 2011
No.28/2009 Application for the issue of HK Licenses and Endorsements under STCW 1978 as amended Original 23 Oct. 2009
No.SD/S 800/1 Mandatory Carriage and Training Requirements for ECDIS Original 14 Aug. 2012
Ireland Marine Notice No.23 of 2012 Important Safety Notice about the reliable operation of ECDIS Original 3 May 2012
Isle of Man MSN 026 Rev.04/2015 Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) Original Apr. 2015
Liberia Marine Notice
NAV-001
Rev. 06/12
Safety of Navigation - Nautical Charts, Publications and Notices to Mariners Original June 2012
Marine Notice ADM-007
Rev. 06/12
Requirements on Carriage of Publications on Board Ships Original June 2012
Luxembourg Circular CAM 09/2011 Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) Original 19 Dec. 2011
Marshall Islands Marine Guideline No. 7-41-1 Rev. 11/12 Safety of Navigation, ECDIS, Navigation Chart Correction and Use, Speed Input to ARPA Equipped Radars and Traffic Separation Lanes. Original Nov. 2012
Marine Notice No.7-041-6 Rev. Dec/2016 Nautical Chart and Publication Carriage and ECDIS Requirements Original Dec. 2016
Marine Safety Advisory No.131-10 ECDIS Maintenance and Potential Operating Anomalies Original 28 Dec. 2010
Marine Notice No.1-000-3 Rev. Mar/2017 Requirements on Carriage of Publications on board ships Original Mar. 2017
Netherlands --- ECDIS Information: Refer to website of the Administration. --- ---
New Zealand Marine Guidance Notice Issue 08 Use of Electronic Charts, ECDIS and ENCS in New Zealand Original July 2009
Panama Merchant Marine Circular MMC-218 Electronic Charts and Publications in regards to the Carriage Requirements and Crew Training on board Panama Flagged vessels. Original May 2015
Singapore Shipping Circular No.25 of 2015 Guidance for Good Practice for Ships using ECDIS & Electronic Nautical Publications Original 14 Oct. 2015
Shipping Circular No.6 of 2012 2012 List of Certificates, Documents and Publications required to be carried on board Singapore Flag Ships Original 20 Feb. 2012
Sri Lanka MSN 03/2016 Carriage and use of ECDIS Original 16 Feb. 2016
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Circular N° SOL 007 Rev. 4 Electronic Chart Display and Information and Back-up Arrangements Original 2 Sep. 2015
United Kingdom Marine Information Note MIN 503 (M) Training for ECDIS as Primary Means of Navigation Original Apr. 2015
  • (3)  ClassNK Technical Information
    TEC-0907, TEC-0912, TEC-0924, TEC-1101, TEC-1106

For any inquiries about the above, please contact:

NIPPON KAIJI KYOKAI (ClassNK)
Material and Equipment Department, Administration Center, Head Office

Address: 3-3 Kioi-Cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-5226-2020
Fax: +81-3-5226-2057
E-mail: eqd@classnk.or.jp