Transas ECDIS passes new IHO and IEC standards

(CORK, Ireland) — Transas Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS is the first system in the market to pass all DNV-GL tests according to the new IHO and IEC standards. The new generation of the Transas ECDIS complies with the latest requirements and provides a number of features beyond this. The production of the new Transas system will start in January with deliveries from Feb. 1, 2016.

New IHO editions of S-52 and S-64 and new ECDIS testing specification IEC 61174 entered into force in August 2015. The new standards are intended to overcome shortcomings, ECDIS anomalies and safety critical issues identified by all stakeholders including IMO, IEC and IHO, and will affect new installations and previously installed ECDIS.
Normally new standards would not affect installed systems, but in this particular case the “grandfather clause” is overruled. For a vessel to satisfy SOLAS Chart Carriage Requirements using ECDIS and ENCs, the installed system must comply with the latest IHO standards. The previous standard will be withdrawn from August 2016, and all vessels need to be updated with new software before Sept. 1, 2016.

Transas CEO Frank Coles said, “Our next-generation ECDIS is fully compliant with the latest standards, and also has enhanced product improvements driven by customer and user feedback. These features include clearing bearings, anchor planning and improved user tools. Transas takes pride in leading the way in navigational safety standards and listening to our customers."
Transas has launched a program offering cost-effective upgrades of installed systems. Through the company's fit and function program, Transas is ready to upgrade all systems in an easy and cost-effective way. Transas has published a “Guideline to the New ECDIS Standards” for detailed information on how to comply with the new requirements. For more information, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff