ECDIS Procedures Guide

The ECDIS Procedures Guide provides recommendations designed to accompany a ship’s Safety Management System (SMS) regarding the use of ECDIS for navigation and voyage planning.


In line with STCW requirements, navigating officers are required to adopt and adhere to new watchkeeping routines and practices when using ECDIS. The ECDIS Procedures Guide provides a framework, as well as supporting background information and useful checklists, to aid officers in fulfilling these requirements and to help companies implement best practices in the use of ECDIS on board their ships. Information on the majority of ECDIS operations is included, such as chart updates, route creating and checking and ECDIS safety functions. This is supplemented by a useful ECDIS Management Card and example logs for chart spot checks, manual corrections and chart updates.


Chapter 1 – Introduction and Policy
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Use of ECDIS
1.3 Equipment
1.4 System Configuration and Maintenance
1.5 Charting and RCDS Model
1.6 Sensor Inputs
1.7 User Guide
Chapter 2 – Training
2.1 Generic ECDIS Training
2.2 Type Specific Training
Chapter 3 – Use of ECDIS for Navigation
3.1 Over Reliance on ECDIS
3.2 Proving ECDIS Correct
3.3 Use of Radar Information Overlay (RIO) in Support of Fixing
3.4 Use of Admiralty Information Overlay (AIO)
3.5 ECDIS Safety Functions
3.6 Safety Depth
3.7 Safety Contour
3.8 Shallow and Deep Contour
3.9 Anti Grounding Cone
3.11 Presentation of Data
3.12 Selection of Sensors
3.13 Man Overboard
3.14 Alarms and Warnings
3.15 RCDS Mode
3.16 Use of ECDIS at Night
3.17 ECDIS Display Configuration
3.18 Handover Routine
3.19 GNSS Failure
3.20 ECDIS Failure
3.21 Bridge Management Card
Chapter 4 – Use of ECDIS on Passage
4.1 Use of ECDIS on Passage
Chapter 5 – Route Planning
5.1 Route Planning Principles
5.2 Appraisal
5.3 Planning
5.4 Route Creation
5.5 Route Checking
5.6 Execution
5.7 Monitoring
5.8 Limiting Danger Lines
5.9 Predictor
5.10 Guard Zone
5.11 Anchor Watch Planning
5.13 Chart Accuracy
5.14 Copying and Saving Information
Chapter 6 – Chart Updating
6.1 Licences and Permits
6.2 Updating Charts
6.3 Manual Corrections
6.4 Deleting Charts
6.5 Virus Protection
6.6 Software Updates
Chapter 7 – Administration and Records
7.1 ECDIS Data Recording
7.2 Backup Procedure
7.3 Records
7.4 Check-off Cards
Annex A – Type Specific ECDIS Course Content
Annex B – Chart Spot Check Log Example
Annex C – Manual Corrections Log Example
Annex D – Chart Update Log Example
Annex E – ECDIS Management Card


Title: ECDIS Procedures Guide
Number of Pages: 49
Product Code: WS1365K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-535-8 (9781856095358), ISBN 10: 1-85609-535-5 (1856095355)
Published Date: March 2012
Weight: 0.50 kg