IMO issues ECDIS Good Practice Guidance


IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee, at its ninety-fifth session in June 2015, approved the publication of a circular MSC.1/Circ.1503 ECDIS – Guidance for Good Practice addressing the carriage and use of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS). This new circular draws together and consolidates into one publication the information contained in seven IMO ECDIS circulars.

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The new consolidated IMO ECDIS circular contains guidance on the following topics:

  • SOLAS chart carriage requirements
  • ECDIS software maintenance
  • Operating anomalies identified within ECDIS
  • The differences between Raster Chart Display System (RCDS) and ECDIS
  • ECDIS training
  • Transitioning from paper charts to ECDIS
  • Guidance on training and assessment in the operational use of ECDIS simulators
  • References to IMO ECDIS performance standards, and seven other IMO ECDIS related circulars which remain in force
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