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
- Simulation excersises