The course is based on the MNTB and IMO 1.27 Model Course and has been designed for officers in charge of a navigational watch, for experienced officers and other persons with navigational responsibilities.
The aims of the training are to equip the candidate with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to keep a safe navigational watch using electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS), interfaced with other onboard equipment to maintain safety of navigation.
The ECDIS trainee should be able to:
- Operate the ECDIS equipment, use the navigational functions of ECDIS, select and assess all relevant information and take proper action in the case of a malfunction.
- State the potential errors of displayed data and the usual errors of interpretation.
- Explain why ECDIS should not be relied upon as the sole reliable aid to navigation.
On successful completion of the course, a candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:
- Use the Electronic Chart Display Information System (ECDIS) to maintain safety of navigation and explain the principles of operation of electronic chart systems.
- Use ECDIS as an integral part of effective bridge resource management, in open and confined waters, in planning and conducting a passage, in responding to navigational emergencies, and in manoeuvring the ship and maintaining a safe navigational watch.
- Concept and Capability
- Principal Types of Electronic Chart
- Legal Aspects
- ECDIS Data
- Presentation of Data
- Chart Updating
- Route Planning
- Route Monitoring
- Back-up Systems
- Errors and Alarms
- Risk of Over Reliance on ECDIS
- Voyage Data Recording
The course is split between presentations to build the foundation of knowledge and practical exercises on actual ECDIS equipment to cement understanding. We hold a wide range of different manufacturers’ equipment in our facility including Transas Navi-Sailor 4000, JRC Jan 2000, OSI ECPINS and Sperry Marine Vision Master FT.