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) Cargo ships constructed on or after 1 July 2013 other than tanker of 3,000 GT and upward, and cargo ships constructed before 1 July 2013 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. Type approval of ECDIS
- (1) Type of ECDIS shall be approved by the Administration or Organizations approved by the Administration.
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.
- (iii) 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.
3. Electronic Navigation Charts (ENC)
ECDIS is acceptable as meeting the chart carriage requirements and shall be complied with carriage requirements of ENC for navigation.
4. Guidance for ECDIS installation
5. ECDIS Training
- (1) In the STCW 2010 amendment and related circulars, Master and Deck Officers on board the ship equipped ECDIS are required to complete Generic Training (comply with IMO Training Course (IMO Model Course 1.27)) by 1st January 2017, as a condition to obtain or renew their certificates of competency.
- (2) It has been clarified by STCW.7/Circ.24 that the seafarers are not required to provide documentation of Generic and Type-specific Training in ECDIS. On the other hand, the seafarers are required to be familiarized with the ECDIS equipment installed on board. To provide a certificate and/or record certified the completion of the training is recommended as a countermeasure against PSC comments.
6. 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; and
- (5) When navigation charts are supplied as a backup, the charts should be updated
7. Other information
- (1) Flag State information
Flag States Information/Notice for ECDIS
|Flag state||Circular No.||Title||Download||Issue date|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Circular 2012-006 (Rev 2)||ECDIS and Carriage of Electronic Publications||Web site||23 Apr. 2021|
|Australia||Marine notice 08/2021||Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems||Web site||Aug. 2021|
|Bahamas||MARINE NOTICE 87 Ver.1.0||ECDIS, Nautical Charts and Publications||Web site||5 Nov. 2021|
|Bulletin No.138 Rev.2||ECDIS Training Requirements||Web site||16 Nov. 2015|
|Bermuda||Shipping Notice 2011-010||Introduction of BNWAS and ECDIS||Web site||26 Jan. 2011|
|Cayman Islands||Shipping Notice 03/2015 Rev.1||ECDIS on Cayman Islands Ships and Yachts||Web site||20 Aug. 2015|
|Guidance Note 07/2017 (Rev.1.0)||ECDIS AND IHO PRESENTATION STANDARD IHO S-52||Web site||20 Sept. 2017|
|Cook Islands||Circular 14/2010||Nautical Charts and Publications - Carriage Requirements||Web site||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)||Web site||28 June 2012|
|Circular No. 17/2011||Use of Nautical Publications in a Digital Format||Web site||6 May 2011|
|Dominica||CD-PL 02-15 Rev01||Nautical Chart and Publication Carriage and ECDIS Requirements||Web site||20 July 2015|
|Hong Kong||No.13/2017||Guidance for Good Practice on Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)||Web site||5 July 2017|
|No.2/2011||Maintenance of ECDIS Software||Web site||3 Jan. 2011|
|No.28/2009||Application for the issue of HK Licenses and Endorsements under STCW 1978 as amended||Web site||23 Oct. 2009|
|No.SD/S 800/1||Mandatory Carriage and Training Requirements for ECDIS||Web site||14 Aug. 2012|
|India||NT/Exam Circular NO.04 of 2017||Specific training requirements for ECDIS – reg.||Web site||14 Dec 2017|
|Ireland||Marine Notice No.23 of 2012||Important Safety Notice about the reliable operation of ECDIS||Web site||3 May 2012|
|Isle of Man||MSN 026||Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)||Web site||1 Aug. 2018|
|Liberia||Rev. 02/22||Safety of Navigation - Nautical Charts, Publications and Notices to Mariners||Web site||Feb. 2022|
|Luxembourg||Circular CAM 09/2011||Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)||Web site||19 Dec. 2011|
|Marshall Islands||Marine Guideline No. 7-41-1 Rev. Jul/2022||Safety of Navigation||Web site||Jul. 2022|
|Marine Notice No.7-041-6 Rev. Apr/2023||Nautical Chart and Publication Carriage and ECDIS Requirements||Web site||Apr. 2023|
|Marine Notice No.1-000-3 Rev. Nov/2020||Requirements on Carriage of Publications on board ships||Web site||Nov. 2020|
|Palau||Marine Notice 192.1||Nautical Charts And Publications Carriage And Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) Requirements||Web site||Jan. 2019|
|Panama||Merchant Marine Circular MMC-218||Electronic Charts and Publications in regards to the Carriage Requirements and Crew Training on board Panama Flagged vessels.||Web site||May 2015|
|Singapore||Shipping Circular No.25 of 2015||Guidance for Good Practice for Ships using ECDIS & Electronic Nautical Publications||Web site||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||Web site||20 Feb. 2012|
|Sri Lanka||MSN 03/2016||Carriage and use of ECDIS||Web site||16 Feb. 2016|
|St. Vincent and the Grenadines||Circular N° SOL 007 Rev. 5||Electronic Chart Display and Information and Back-up Arrangements||Web site||26 Sep. 2017|
|Tuvalu||MARINE CIRCULAR MC-6/2017/1||IMO ADVICE TO PORT STATES ON REQUIRED UPDATES OF ECDIS||Web site||10/2017|
|United Kingdom||Marine Information Note MIN 503 (M)||Training for ECDIS as Primary Means of Navigation||Web site||Apr. 2015|
|U. S. A. (U.S.C.G.)||MSIB Number: 009-17||Electronic Chart Display Information Systems Updates to Meet International Hydrographic Organization Standards||Web site||25 Aug. 2017|
ClassNK Technical Information
TEC-0912, TEC-1067, TEC-1101, TEC-1106, TEC-1129