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Don’t wait to update to new ECDIS standards – UKHO

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has called on ship owners to upgrade to the latest ECDIS software standards ahead of the mandatory deadline, highlighting the benefits that the new updates can offer.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}These include the greater consistency in the display of Electronic Nautical Charts (ENCs) that will come with the updated IHO S-52 Presentation Library edition 4.0, as well as a reduction in the number of audible alarms on the bridge, the Hydrographic Office says.

While some shipping companies have welcomed the recent announcement of a 12-month extension to the transition period for owners to switch to the new technology, upgrade requirements will vary from ship to ship, so the UKHO is encouraging owners to move now rather than waiting until the new deadline of 31 August 2017. 

“The UKHO is continuing to work with manufacturers to ensure that users can experience the full benefit of the latest software standards. The transition to the new ECDIS standards is definitely gathering pace and it is encouraging to see such positive progress with ECDIS manufacturers working hard to secure type-approval for their ECDIS software,” said Tom Mellor, the UKHO head of OEM support and digital standards, and chairman of the IHO’s ENC Working Group.

“Naturally, ship owners will also have questions about the new ECDIS Standards.  One recurring question is whether there are any compatibility issues between newly produced ENCs and the current Presentation Library edition 3.4.”

“Owners need not be concerned about this, as ENCs themselves are unchanged. The upgrade applies to the Presentation Library, which governs how the ENC data is displayed on the ECDIS screen, not the data itself.”{/mprestriction}

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