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ECDIS: A Primer and Reminder DVD
Ask any ship manager about ECDIS and they will have a story or two to tell – and they won’t all be good ones. ECDIS is a major advancement in the way we navigate our ships, but it’s a complex subject and one that is frequently not sufficiently understood, leading to a host of problems from wasted money to grounded vessels.
This film is not just for the Officer of the Watch, but is equally applicable to their shore-based colleagues.
As a ‘Primer’ it’s aimed at officers and crew that are about to undergo training (generic or type-specific) or those whose job – onboard or ashore – doesn’t justify the cost of a training course but who need a better understanding of the technology.
As a ‘Reminder’ it’s intended for those that have already been trained and may have been working with ECDIS for some time, but not necessarily correctly. Or safely.
This ECDIS training film is not just for the Officer of the Watch, but is equally applicable to their shore-based colleagues.
The Primer is aimed at those with little knowledge of ECDIS, or those who are about to begin training (generic or type-specific).
The Reminder is for those that may have been working with ECDIS for some time, but not necessarily correctly. Or safely.
We discuss the basics of navigating and working with ECDIS:
The regulations (including the Manila Amendments to STCW code)
The technology – What is ECDIS? – What is an ENC? – What inputs are required?
Navigating with ECDIS
Bridge Procedures for ECDIS
Most importantly, the film stresses the potential danger to the OOW of blindly trusting ECDIS; “it’s a computer, it must be right!”.
We discuss the procedures necessary for safe navigation – continually confirming that “ECDIS is correct!”
The DVD also includes a series of five checklists and cards that crew can print for use onboard:
GNSS (GPS) failure checklist
ECDIS failure checklist
Watch handover checklist
Primary ECDIS management card
Secondary ECDIS management card
This film is an invaluable training resource whether you’re new to ECDIS or you already have experience of the technology. The message is the same:
“ECDIS training is about more than just knowing where the menus are; it’s about knowing where YOU are.”