Kelvin Hughes MantaDigital Widescreen

ECDIS Ltd provides Kelvin Hughes MantaDigitalTM Widescreen on board familiarisation


UK based ECDIS training and consultancy company ECDIS Ltd are pleased to announce the launch of their new on-board familiarisation course for Kelvin Hughes’ MantaDigital™ Widescreen software.

Kelvin Hughes’ newest ECDIS software has been on the market since 2012 and ECDIS Ltd has now produced its own training solution which meets the requirement of the ISM code and Safety Management System training requirements and is convenient for the marine and the shipping company.

Kelvin Hughes MantaDigital Widescreen

John Ritchie, ECDIS Course Manager at ECDIS Ltd, says,


“Kelvin Hughes are constantly evolving, and a particularly strong example of this is the new MantaDigitalTM Widescreen software. We are delighted to be their international independent training partner and will continue to match the development of their ECDIS software with the highest standard of professional courses.”


Natalie Robson, Marketing Manager at ECDIS Ltd, adds,


“It has been a real pleasure getting to know another ECDIS system, allowing us to provide a realistic and balanced training course for the mariner. The MantaDigitalTM Widescreen has taken a fresh approach to ECDIS bearing little resemblance to the previous versions, highlighting the need for mariners to be trained in each system.”




ECDIS Ltd provide navigation training, purchasing, charting and consultation in Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) and the military equivalent (WECDIS, ECDIS-N). A forward thinking company, they have pioneered the embodiment of ECDIS in SMS procedures with the ECDIS Procedures Guide and have paved the way for a better understanding of ECDIS with the ECDIS Manual. ECDIS Ltd specialise in providing Flag State approved IMO model ECDIS courses and Equipment Specific training on an extensive number of systems.  Static training is delivered in their state of the art Training Centre near Southampton (UK) and portable training can be conducted in a location of the customer’s choosing, even onboard if facilities can support it.  ECDIS Ltd trainers are highly experienced in the practical use of ECDIS, and combined have taught over 1500 mariners.  Their static ECDIS training is endorsed and accredited by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, whilst their portable training solution is approved by Det Norske Veritas. Equipment Specific training is accredited by the Nautical Institute.

The ECDIS Manual is available for purchase from Witherby Seamanship at and at all good maritime chart and book stockists.

Written by:        ECDIS Ltd
Published by:    Witherby Seamanship International Ltd

ISBN 978-1-85609-507-5
Book £350 +VAT

eBook £350       (eBook excludes any applicable taxes)

The ‘ECDIS Procedures Guide’ is available from Witherby Seamanship at and at all good maritime chart and book stockists.

Written by:        ECDIS Ltd
Published by:    Witherby Seamanship International Ltd
ISBN 978-1-85609-535-8
Book £75 + VAT

eBook £75         (eBook excludes any applicable taxes)



For further information:

Natalie Robson


Ground Floor

Atlantic 3600 Building Parkway

Solent Business Park



PO15 7AN

United Kingdom


Tel: +44 (0) 1489 559677



MaxSea and ECDIS Development

MaxSea and ECDIS Development

Ecdis Ltd’s partnership with MaxSea continues to flourish.  This month Mal Instone, Director of Operations conducted training in Biarritz on their latest product, Time Zero.  Time Zero replaces MaxSea Version 12 and is an entirely new look utilising new technologies.  The essence of Time Zero is the ability to seamlessly zoom from the world chart to the largest scale chart in a heartbeat.  Other attributes include a superb weather feature, aided in design by Michel Desjoyeaux, Vendée Globe winner.  MaxSea software has free and unlimited access to worldwide meteorological forecasts.  A weather forecast is requested from MaxSea and is received by email.  This data is fed into the system and the result is a weather picture overlay.  The user can then advance the weather overlay to see how it will affect the boat over the route.  The really clever part however, is that the system will analyse the data to predict the best route to your destination, given the conditions.

MaxSea Biarritz HQTime Zero TrainingMal with the Software Team

Time Zero is a superb tool for yachtsman, leisure and fishermen alike.  The software facilitates 3D charting and image overlay utilising mapmedia charts.  By viewing the chart in 3D the user is able to get a perspective like no other, with depths and heights allowing greater understanding of Ecdis and MaxSeathe surrounding environment.  If that was not enough there is the ability to overlay this with 3D satellite imagery.  Always looking to improve their product MaxSea are working on 3D technology that uses live echo sounder and sonar data to paint an accurate picture of the sea bed.  This data is overlayed on a 3D Raster or Vector chart so that the two may be compared. Although Time Zero does not contain as many features as Version 12 at present, work is ongoing to incorporate them into future updates.  Whether you are yacht racing, commercial or more leisure inclined, MaxSea Time Zero is a superb tool worth consideration for all your navigation needs.

Ecdis Ltd are exclusive MaxSea trainers in the UK. However, given the sophistication of MaxSea software we would also be very interested in utilising our expertise to work closely with MaxSea in developing their systems to full IMO approved ECDIS status. 

A demo of Time Zero can be seen on our website on the Associates & Partners page.

 Written by Mal Instone of Ecdis Ltd

ECDIS to be made mandatory under SOLAS

ECDIS to be made mandatory under SOLAS

At a meeting of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) on 27 May-5 June 2009, amendments to SOLAS regulation V/19, to make mandatory the carriage of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) and Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm Systems (BNWAS), under SOLAS chapter V, Safety of Navigation, were adopted, with an expected entry into force date of 1 January 2011. The requirements will be mandatory for new ships and phased-in for existing ships.