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Kelvin Hughes ECDIS Systems

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By the 31st August 2017 your ECDIS must meet the new standards which are explained in more detail here.

ECDIS Systems

Designed for ease of operation the Kelvin Hughes Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) provides the operator with an intuitive and clear display of relevant information. This advanced decision making tool enhances safety and efficiency at sea. The Kelvin Hughes range of displays are Type Approved and designed with multifunction and flexibility in mind. Providing a platform for ECDIS compliance, a route to paperless navigation as well as options to operate as a radar and chart radar, a single workstation can be a dedicated ECDIS or operate as a wider integrated bridge or navigator's workstation.

The IMO amendment to SOLAS in 2009 means that all large passenger, tanker and cargo ships will be obliged to fit ECDIS on a rolling timetable that began in July 2012. All ships carrying ECDIS will also be required to train their navigation crew in the correct and safe use of ECDIS.

A complete package from Kelvin Hughes removes the complexity of multi-sourcing hardware and Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs). Kelvin Hughes with its global service capability will manage both equipment and data to ensure that your vessels are always kept legal and safe. A Kelvin Hughes ECDIS solution can be tailored to individual customer requirements and can range from the supply of a single piece of ECDIS hardware through to a complete package.

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Kelvin Hughes ECDIS is available in a variety of hardware configurations to meet the needs of different vessel types and operational scenarios. It can be supplied in options ranging from a single Desktop retrofit system or as part of a fully inter-switched bridge system.

Display options include 22" and 26" screens, pedestal, desktop and console mount. For non pedestal configurations the processing unit requires siting appropriately.

ECDIS utilises the same common interface layout between radar and ECDIS modes and simple and easy to use menus. ECDIS when used in conjunction with radar overlay is highly effective in managing and using data and navigation information between the two. The software is easily interacted with a 3 button trackball, keyboard and on screen prompts to assist the user.

ECDIS comes with preinstalled trial chart data from ChartCo, route planning software and reordering software entitled PassageManager™ from ChartCo.

The system enables sensor interfacing for a gyro, speed log and GPS via NMEA. Key features include enhanced route management, 1920 x 1200 display, clearing lines, target management, mariner objects, Electronic Range and Bearing Line (ERBL), range rings, Closest Point of Approach (CPA) and Time to CPA (TCPA). Additional capabilities include AIS overlay, tracked target overlay, man overboard, ETA calculator, latitude and longitude coordinates grid and user profiles.

ECDIS Mandate

The 2009 amendment to SOLAS by the IMO means that all large passenger, tanker and cargo ships will be obliged to fit ECDIS on a rolling timetable that began in July 2012.

Vessel Size Build Date Fit by date
New Passenger Ships > 500gt > July 2012 July 2012
New Tankers > 3000gt > July 2012 July 2012
New Cargo Ships > 10000gt > July 2014 July 2013
New Cargo Ships > 3000gt > July 2014 July 2014
Existing Passenger Ships > 500gt < July 2012 July 2014
Existing Tankers > 3000gt < July 2012 July 2015
Existing Cargo > 50000gt < July 2013 July 2016
Existing Cargo > 20000gt < July 2013 July 2017
Existing Cargo > 10000gt < July 2013 July 2018

Since Kelvin Hughes ECDIS systems are interconnectable it can provide a route to paperless navigation. The role of ECDIS backup is defined very clearly by the IMO in MSC resolution 232 (82). Two independent systems would not meet this requirement unless route planning for instance was done on both systems. IMO stipulates that the backup system should take over the route plan originally performed on the ECDIS in the event of an equipment malfunction. An interconnected ECDIS system means that information is passed continuously to the backup device such that in the case of a failure of the main ECDIS system, the backup system will be reasonably up to date with the route etc. and enables navigation to continue safely. However methods of compliance will depend on the Flag State concerned.

ECDIS Training

Navigation officers will need to have undergone a course based on the IMO 1.27 course model. This teaches the concepts behind navigation using ENC data and highlights the problems that may be encountered when navigating using ECDIS equipment. In addition, most courses include a section, which is specific to a particular ECDIS, which allows familiarisation with equipment before the officer uses the equipment at sea.

Kelvin Hughes offers these courses through various partner ECDIS training organisations that are equipped with Kelvin Hughes ECDIS equipment and software, please contact us for more information.