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.

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) IEC 61174 Test standards for ECDIS shall be applied.
       List of approved ECDIS

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. After ECDIS is installed, ClassNK will survey the ECDIS on the safety equipment survey.

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 information
  • (3)  ClassNK Technical Information
    TEC-0907, TEC-0912, TEC-0924

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