R-700  Electronics Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)

Course Overview


This course provides training in the basic theory and use of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) for those who will be in charge of a navigational watch on vessels equipped with ECDIS. The training comprises all safety-relevant aspects and - for this reason - aims beyond the use of operational controls.

ü Course Approved for Workforce Development

ü Course Approved for Veterans Education and Training


4 Days (34 Hours)



StartDateRegistration Status
Monday, February 06, 2017 Class Details/Registration  
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Class Details/Registration  

Class Schedules subject to change without notice.

Course Details:

NOTE:  This course is presented utilizing the latest in ECDIS technology using the TRANSAS Navi-Sailor 3000i which is fully integrated with AIS, SSAS, Radar overlays, all bridge and engine room functions.  The course may be modified to suit a particular need of the customer such as an abbreviated 2-day program specific to the TRANSAS Navi-Sailor 3000i equipment.  It must be noted that any modifications to the course to suit a specific need results in presentation of a non-Coast Guard approved version of the course and will not meet any IMO/USCG STCW requirements. 

Because ECDIS systems and MMIs (Man-Machine Interfaces) are in an ongoing process of evolution, a functional approach, not a product-oriented approach, is aimed at. As ECDIS is part of a complex system (including sensors, track control, etc.), complex training based on a variety of functionality's and potential problems are promoted.

The theoretical aspects like all major characteristics of ECDIS data such as data contents and all major characteristics of the display of ECDIS data will be covered in sufficient depth.

For practical capabilities and skills, exercises are performed which will provide practice in setting up and maintaining an ECDIS display, in planning and monitoring a route, in using basic navigational functions and equipment in a real-time navigational environment, in activating updates and in performing proper actions which are necessary for a safe navigational watch.

Any applicant who successfully completes the course will be considered to have successfully demonstrated the competences of "Use of ECDIS to maintain the safety of navigation" of Table A-II/1; and "Maintain the safety of navigation through the use of ECDIS and associated navigation systems to assist command decision making" of Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code, AS AMENDED; and, practical assessments OICNW-1-4A, OICNW-4B, and OICNW-1-4D. Applicants need not present control sheets for these assessments when applying for a credential.

The course is designed for mariners employed on vessels equipped with modern ECDIS navigation systems but contains valuable information and practical exercises for those who have simple ECD only systems. The course is also of value to individuals who require a knowledge of electronic navigation and charting procedures.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Introduction to ECDIS, legal aspects and req
  • IMO requirements and performance
  • ECDIS input devices
  • Chart displays
  • ECDIS system and features
  • Precautions
  • Simulation excersises


One 25 question examination requiring a passing score of 70% will be administered. Two practical exercises covering STCW assessment requirements will be conducted as follow: Create Navigation Route: (Approximately 4 hours) The students will create a planned route on the on the simulator. They will perform both curved track and rhumb line planning and will use the full functional capability of the simulator. The exercise will be conducted with a maximum of two students per simulator station. Routes will be created using both waypoints and charted locations. The students will edit, modify and apply appropriate safety values to the route created using safety contours and grounding lines. They will create, edit and store planning notes. The final route will be checked for navigational safety by the instructor. Route Monitoring: (Approximately 7 hours) The students will use the routes created in the previous exercise to observe the ships performance along the pre-planned route. Route will be called up, modified, selected, reversed and edited. The “look ahead” function will be used. Alarms will be set, used and cleared. Values for tide and current will be extracted and utilized. Students will verify ships position independent of ECDIS. “Vector-Time” will be explained and used. A failure will occur due to improper updating of data. The exercise will simulate operations under both day and night conditions. ETA’s will be set and modified. Students will be exposed to a variety of failures and alarms

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