Safety during navigation is vital. Over the years, technology has continued to develop to support commercial vessels with one such option being an ECDIS. As of 2012, this system became mandatory for all new ships as part of the SOLAS regulation V/19.2.10. As an essential addition to your vessel, this blog will cover everything you need to know about this technology.

What is ECDIS?

ECDIS stands for Electronic Chart Display and Information System. It is a specialist navigational system, based through computers. When developed, it was hailed as being a real-time alternative to paper navigational charts. Sailors can utilise this technology to identify where their vessel is in the water, in relation to other components such as land, unseen hazards and chartered objects.

Many sailors use it as an automated decision aid, allowing them to make alterations and changes to their journey in live-time. It is fully compliant with IMO regulations and stands alongside other navigational technology, including radar.

How does the technology work?

ECDIS makes it easier for a ship’s navigating crew to pinpoint locations and attain directions. It uses GPS to pinpoint specific points along the navigational route. These systems are also integrated alongside RADA and ARPA to create a clear and comprehensive service. It displays and uses data from publications such as Sailing Directions and Tide Tables to ensure the information it gives out is highly accurate.

How does ECDIS improve safety?

Being fully compliant with IMO Regulation V/19 and V/27 of SOLAS convention, ECDIS is one of the most reliable systems in place to reduce risk. It helps to minimise the risk of ship groundings by providing sailors with more accurate information than paper charts could. As the system runs through continual, real-time technology, updates and corrections can be made with the click of a button. This improves accuracy and reliability, in turn reducing the risk of casualties from groundings or ship collision. As mentioned above, ECDIS also lessens the workload of members on board and minimises potentially fatal human error.

Why is it important for commercial vessels?

ECDIS supports the work of commercial vessels in many ways. It is a highly useful tool or planning and monitoring routes throughout journeys. Information found here can help to speed up journeys, minimising the risk of collision or delays due to unexpected obstacles.

Here at Pinpoint Electronics, we specialise in supplying high-quality navigational equipment to both commercial and leisure sailors. If you have any questions about ECDIS or any of the other solutions, get in contact today.