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But now it is agreed and the timetables laid down, by the IMO, it is time to implement.
"Amendments to the International Convention for SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) were approved by the IMO in June 2009, at the 86th session of the MSC (Maritime Safety Committee), for the mandating of ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display Information System)
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The regulations may seem complex and possibly confusing, with a lengthy adoption process.
However, there is much to do with regard to implementation and our aim is to make it as easy and as straightforward as possible for all our customers. We believe planning and timing are vital for getting the best from the technology.
The timescales for implementation are:
1. New Passenger Ships 500gt – July 2012
These dates are as issued by the IMO July 2009.
These implementation dates, on a rolling timetable, offer plenty of time for preparation and training, as well as for staged installation and application across fleets.
We are now working with operators to plan and prepare by offering flexible, modular systems and first class training; a complete package to meet ECDIS regulations for virtually any type of vessel.
Installing ECDIS becomes mandatory, starting July 2012. The rolling timetable provides a phased programme across vessel types:
Note: The new builds timetable is based on the date the keel is laid. Fitting ECDIS aboard existing ships is mandated in advance of the first survey, following the implementation date. Existing vessels less than 10,000gt are not required to install and operate ECDIS under the current proposals and Flag States may provide exemptions for vessels, which will be taken out of service within the two years prior to the implementation date.
What's the plan?
Choosing the Equipment
You will also need to choose between fitting your ships with a dual or a single ECDIS system. A dual ECDIS (backup) installation will radically reduce the need for paper charts and, in some instances totally. Using a paper back-up is likely to require a full folio of charts or only a slightly reduced set.
But whatever you decide we will ensure compliance with the ship's Flag State Maritime Authority
Staff and Crew Training
Telemar (UK) can arrange and organise type specific training so as to satisfy the Flag State and independent audit authorities of your crew's competency in maintaining safety in the use of ECDIS.
Our training programmes are designed to help in the transition to ECDIS and to build the same level of confidence with electronic charts as with paper based charts.
Existing regulations require Flag State certification. You will need to acquire a Certificate of Equivalency, allowing the use ECDIS for SOLAS chart requirements.
This proves the vessel as having a type approved ECDIS installed to meet IMO requirements and as having an approved back-up system. Another detail we will help you with and ensure that Flag State will accept the type-approval certification for the installed ECDIS equipment.
As part of ensuring compliance the equipment will need to be recorded and attached to the ship's safety equipment certificate and give details of the back-up system.
Other requirements may be applied by your classification society and insurers/P&I and you should check with them to see if they have any additional, specific requirements.
It is important to remain informed on the Flag State requirements as these may change following the adoption carriage requirements for ECDIS.
Port State controls will check on ECDIS compliance. Such inspections may require demonstration of crew competence and evidence of the system being incorporated into the operational procedures related to ECDIS. This would be in addition to the Flag Sate certification.
The application of vetting schemes by some commercial operators, with similar requirements, may put the ship off-hire if the system does not comply.
Though seemingly far into the future, the deadlines are not so far away as there are many aspects to ECDIS, which will need to be dealt with well in advance.
Sourcing and deciding on the equipment for each vessel is just one aspect. Training and implementation demands some forward planning as crew competence with ECDIS is a main feature of compliance.
Those used to using paper charts will need to become confident wit the technology and extend their skills to make it second nature to referring to digital charts. That may take time.
Effective training will play its part but time and practical application will also no doubt be needed.
Start planning now.