Electronic chart display and information system 

With the development of modern and faster ships and a need to run them more economically, by reducing manpower, the number of marine casualties has increased in the recent past.

These casualties can mainly be attributed to a human failure on the Bridge of a vessel. The need to reduce such casualties is being felt by the entire maritime industry

An ECDIS is one such navigational tool on the bridge, which would help the Master and the Officer of the Watch to navigate his ship safely and economically. the ECDIS with inputs from various sources like GPS, RADAR, Echo Sounder, Gyro, etc. would be an ideal equipment providing all the data on one screen. This equipment amongst various other facilities would help in Route Planning, Monitoring and Executing, with voyage recording capabilities and anti-grounding functions.

Training on the use of ECDIS has been mandated by STCW 2010 (Manila Amendments).

The ECDIS course conducted at IMTC is in accordance with IMO Model Course 1.27 and meets the requirements laid down in Table A-II/1, A-II/2 and Section B-1/12(parts 36-66) of the STCW Code as amended in 2010, as applicable to ECDIS.

Course Objective: 

Upon completion of this course the participant will have:

  • An overview of the ECDIS and understand the difference between a raster & vector chart
  • Knowledge of the capability and limitation of ECDIS operations, and all indicated sub-topics
  • Proficiency in operation, interpretation and analysis of information obtained from ECDIS and all indicated sub-topics
  • Management of operational procedures, system files and data and all indicated sub-topics.
  • Operate an ECDIS and use its functions for safe navigation


Duration: 5 Days


Suggested Target Group:

All Navigating Officers.

Course Contents: 

  • Elements of ECDIS
  • Watchstanding with ECDIS
  • ECDIS Route Planning & monitoring
  • ECDIS Targets, Charts and System
  • ECDIS Responsibility
  • Regulations and requirements governing the use of ECDIS
  • Knowledge of Raster and Vector Charts
  • Capabilities and Limitations of ECDIS equipment.
  • Practical knowledge of the various features of the ECDIS
  • Simulator exercises using the ECDIS





October 2016