Safer ship operation with ECDIS guidance

ECDIS publication 'ECDIS Passage Planning and Watchkeeping’ covers ECDIS best practice techniques and guidance. Image: Witherby Publishing Group

New best practice techniques and guidance on the use of ECDIS has been published to aid safer ship operation/navigation and a more effective bridge team.

Witherby Publishing Group has released a new edition of ‘ECDIS Passage Planning and Watchkeeping’ which includes clear explanations of the configuration of ECDIS settings and the four stages of route planning, using the APEM method set out in IMO Resolution A.893(21) (appraisal, planning, execution and monitoring).

Witherbys CEO, Iain Macneil, said: “Proper understanding of the onboard ECDIS system(s), both generically and type-specifically, is critically important for all bridge team members.  This title uses the current Presentation Library to highlight critical functionality of all systems, using it as a starting point to indicate differences in approach between the main systems currently found on merchant ships.”

The publication also covers ECDIS checklists; IMO Guidance for Good Practice; areas for which special conditions exist; an illustrated list of independent mariner selectors; S-63 error codes and explanations; and objects associated with the question mark symbol.

ECDIS is a mandatory carriage requirement under Regulation V/19.2.10 of SOLAS. The carriage of ECDIS on ships was subject to a phased entry into force programme, for cargo ships > 10,000 GT, that was completed in July 2018.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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