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QUALMI-179: ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display & Information System) STCW Code 2011 Edition Approved!

COURSE LENGTH: 34 HOURS (4.5 DAYS)

Course Description:

Under the 2010 STCW Amendments, there are now two levels of ECDIS training and competency: Operational and Management levels, with the different ECDIS responsibilities for each. 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. 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 is promoted.

Our ECDIS (QUALMI-179) course, which is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard as being in compliance with the STCW Code 2011 “Edition.” Our ECDIS course, which is based on the IMO Model Course 1.27 (Operational Use of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems – 2010 Edition), provides both the Operational (Table A-II/1) and Management (Table A-II/2) Levels of training as required by STCW 2010 Amendments. 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. 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 is promoted.

Any applicant who successfully completes the course willBe considered to have successfully demonstrated the competence of Use of ECDIS to Maintain the Safety of Navigation of Table A-II/1 (Operational Level) of the Seafarers’ Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code; As Amended; AND are  considered to have successfully demonstrated the competence to Maintain the Safety of Navigation through the use of ECDIS and the associated Navigation Systems to Assist Command Decision Making of Table A-II/2 (Management Level) of the STCW Code, As Amended. 

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Introduction to ECDIS, legal aspects and requirements
  • Principle type of electronic charts
  • ECDIS data
  • Presentation of ECDIS data
  • Sensors
  • Basic navigational functions and settings
  • Specific functions for route planning
  • Specific functions for route monitoring
  • Updating Display and Function of other navigational information
  • Errors of displayed data
  • Errors of Interpretation
  • Status indications, indicators and alarms
  • Documentation Integrity monitoring
  • Back-up of data
  • Risk of over-reliance on ECDIS

Examination and assessment: One 25 question examination requiring a passing score of 72% will be administered.  Two practical exercises and assessments covering the STCW requirements will be conducted as follows:

  • Create Navigation Route: 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 plan an anchorage. They will create, edit and store planning notes. The final route will be checked for navigational safety by the instructor.
  • Route Monitoring: 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.

Additionally, when our ECDIS training is combined with our approved Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (VPEN) course taken within one year of each other, will meet the STCW competencies for Advanced Navigation (Management Level) as delineated in Table A-II/2 and as specified in the U. S. Coast Guard’s NMC Policy Letter Number 04-02 of 11 January 2002.  Also see the NMCs ECDIS Checklist

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