Electronic Chart Display and Information System

Held in: Houston, Texas, USA.

Course Scope

This course intends to provide the knowledge, skill and understanding of ECDIS and electronic

charts to the thorough extent needed to safely navigate vessels whose primary means of navigation is ECDIS. The course emphasizes both the application and learning of ECDIS. The course emphasizes both the application and learning of ECDIS in a variety of underway contexts.

The course is designed to meet the STCW requirements in the use of ECDIS, as revised by the 2010 Manila Amendments, specifically as these apply to Tables A-II/1, A-II/2 and A-II/3, and also to revised guidelines pertaining to training and assessment in the operational use of ECDIS in Table B-I (paragraphs 36 through 66), assessment in navigational watchkeeping, and evaluation of competence, both in Table B-II.


Those who successfully complete this course shall be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge,

skill and understanding of ECDIS navigation and electronic charts to undertake the duties of a navigational watch officer defined by STCW Code, as amended. This knowledge, skill and understanding will include Column 1 ECDIS competencies of Tables A-II, but is not limited to:

  • Knowledge of the capability and limitations 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

Entry Standards

It is assumed that trainees undertaking this course have accomplished some formal instruction in Terrestrial Navigation, have at minimum some familiarization with visual navigation, have accomplished a period of supervised bridge watch-keeping duties, and have prior completion of basic radar/ARPA (MC 1.07). Trainees should also have considerable familiarization with personal computing operating systems, keyboards and mice or trackballs.

Course Certificate, diploma or document

Documentary evidence shall be issued to those who have successfully completed this course indicating that the holder has completed training in the navigational use and operation of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) based on this model course.

Course delivery

The outcome of this course shall be achieved through various methods, including simulation-

based classroom and laboratory training, such that each trainee is provided access to an ECDIS with ENC data for all required hours of practice and assessment in a controlled visual underway navigational environment.

Course Duration

5 days.

Number of Participants

Maximum 6 participants.

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