ECDIS for New Buildings and Existing Vessels Requirement


Electronic Chart Display and Information System ECDIS will become mandatory to some types of new ships and some types of existing ships in their first periodical survey after the dates mentioned in the following table.

First periodical survey refers to the first annual, intermediate or class renewal survey after the following dates.


Application Dates

Passanger Ships
*500 GT and above 1st July 2012. Not later than the first survey* on or after 1 July 2014

Tankers
*3000 GT and above 1st July 2012. Not later than the first survey* on or after 1 July 2015

Others
*50000 GT and above 1st July 2013. Not later than the first survey* on or after 1 July 2016

*20000 GT and above 1st July 2013. Not later than the first survey* on or after 1 July 2017

*10000 GT and above 1st July 2013. Not later than the first survey* on or after 1 July 2018
There are no retrofitting arrangements for existing ships less than 10000 GT.

*3000 GT and above 1st July 2014. Not later than the first survey* on or after 1 July 2016
There are no retrofitting arrangements for existing ships less than 10000 GT.

*first survey refers to the first annual, intermediate or class renewal survey after the above dates.

Class requirements for ECDIS installation

Please note that approval for the installation of ECDIS is required by most of classification societies. We strongly recommend you to contact your society and request list of documents needed to be submitted for approval of above installation.

Usually they require:

1. Electrical Wire diagram arrangement of the new ECDIS installation, showing the power supply connection and the data connection to the radar.
2. General arrangement of the bridge equipment and newly installed ECDIS
3. Equipment certificates of ECDIS. Usually MED certificates should be accepted, but better to clarify with your classification.

Also it is recommended an amendment to the ISM procedures regarding familiarization of the equipment and working procedures regarding charts correction.