Danelec Marine publishes white paper on new ECDIS standards

(BIRKEROED, Denmark) — Danelec Marine has published a white paper providing details on the new performance standards for electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS), which came into force in August 2015.

The white paper notes that the new standards provide improved functionality; safer navigation; enhanced cybersecurity; standardization of displays, vocabulary and operation; reduced training needs; and smoother integration with voyage data recorders, bridge alert management and bridge navigational watch alarm systems.

The Danelec Marine document describes why the new standards were needed and provides a detailed summary of changes in IEC 61174, IHO S-52 and IHO S-64.

“The previous standards remain valid for 12 months,” said Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine. “By August 2016, all new ECDIS installations must comply with the new standards, and all installed ECDIS products should be upgraded to comply with the new standards, subject to decisions of individual flag states. There is no provision for ‘grandfathering’ existing ECDIS products already type-approved to the old standard.”

Ottosen noted that all Danelec Marine DM800 ECDIS products can be upgraded to be in full compliance with the new performance standards. The company’s new ECDIS platform enables upcoming software updates to be installed by the ship’s crew.

Copies of the ECDIS white paper are available for free download at www.danelec-marine.com/news/white-paper-on-new-ecdis-standards.aspx.

About Danelec Marine

Headquartered in Denmark, Danelec Marine is a leading supplier of voyage data recorders (VDRs) and electronic chart eisplay and information systems (ECDIS). Danelec Marine was one of the first companies to bring to market VDRs and simplified VDRs (S-VDRs) to meet the original IMO carriage requirements. More than 6,000 vessels today are equipped with a VDR or S-VDR designed and manufactured by Danelec Marine. The company has service facilities with factory-trained personnel in more than 50 countries and certified service centers at strategic locations worldwide. To learn more about Danelec, visit www.danelec-marine.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff