(HAMBURG, Germany) — DNV-GL has issued an official certificate for the Transas Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS after Transas successfully passed type approval in November 2015. The new generation of the Transas ECDIS is the first system in the market certified by DNV-GL according to the latest IHO and IEC standards.
New IHO editions of S-52 and S-64 and new ECDIS testing specification IEC 61174 entered into force in August and require all vessels to be updated with the new software within the deadline, which is currently set as September 2016.
The new standards developed by the IHO and IEC are intended to overcome ECDIS anomalies and are based on the feedback from ECDIS users with an aim to improve safety of navigation and daily work with ECDIS. Better and clearer display of charted information in combination with less audible alarms will improve the user's experience, reduce stress, alarm fatigue and workload while operating an ECDIS.
Transas CEO Frank Coles said: "Maintaining a quality certified ECDIS is critical for the future of the safety of navigation. Transas intends to lead in this respect. Companies should choose their supplier with care or they could find the ECDIS is not compliant going forward."
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" where mariners can find detailed information on how to comply with the new requirements.