Digital navigation solutions provider ChartWorld has received ECDIS Type Approval from the Japan MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) to support Japan-Flag vessels.
System integrator RH Marine and developer of maritime training solutions VSTEP Simulation have signed a cooperation agreement, enabling VSTEP to supply RH Marine’s ECDIS chart and navigation system with its bridge simulators for schools, training institutes and fleet owners.
As part of the European Union (EU) Recognised Organisation (RO) Mutual Recognition Type Approval scheme, EIZO Corporation has been awarded type approval from Lloyd’s Register (LR) for its 19 and 25.5 inch maritime monitors for an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) with radar applications, the first European certificate for electrical equipment in Japan.
The EU RO Mutual Recognition Type Approval scheme covers type approval certification on selected components and equipment for which mutually agreed technical requirements have been developed and agreed by all stakeholders in the EU RO Group, ensuring consistency for different types of equipment.
EIZO’s current line of DuraVision ECDIS monitors (FD2603W, FDU2603WT, FDS1904, FDS1904T) were issued the certificate. These monitors are built specifically for harsh maritime conditions and are calibrated at EIZO’s own factory to meet the highly specialised requirements of ECDIS systems. EIZO offers optional optical bonding for each model which is also produced in-house.
Kazuhide Shimura, executive operating officer, EIZO Corporation commented: “Meeting requirements for major maritime classifications such as LR is extremely important in demonstrating that our products are proven for use in harsh environments. EU RO MR ensures that EIZO continues to provide a high degree of customer assurance to system integrators and end users in the maritime market, regardless of their location.”
Fumio Kure, LR’s general manager in Japan said: “We are proud that LR was able to issue this certificate at this time as we had to rely on remote surveying capability for the approval as surveyor attendance was hindered by COVID-19 challenges. Congratulations to EIZO for obtaining EU RO MR Type Approval certificate in addition to LR class type approval.”
ChartWorld has announced a cooperation with JRC to add ChartWorld’s Information Overlay service, known as CIO+ onto JRC ECDIS.
The Sea Traffic Management (STM) concept project, STM BALT SAFE, has signed up 50 tankers that frequently sail in the Baltic Sea to an ECDIS update to enable route sharing. Wärtsilä Voyage has won the contract to update the ECDIS systems.
JRC/Alphatron Marine has installed new VSTEP simulators at its training facility in Rotterdam and re-introduced ECDIS Type Specific Training and Marcom-A training.
The ECDIS Type Specific Training for both JRC and Wärtsilä (Transas) ECDIS is offered for an international audience in English and provides the required knowledge for the general use of the ECDIS as well as a detailed introduction to the system’s features.
For ECDIS training, JRC/Alphatron Marine requires that the trainee has adequate experience on ECDIS and has accomplished the IMO Model Course 1.27
The Marcom-A training represents the General Operating Certificate which allows users to operate maritime radio transmission equipment. Other facets of this study include the international GMDSS regulations, compulsory books, emergency procedures and daily use of the onboard equipment. Marcom-A training will be given only in Dutch and is certified by Dutch authority ILenT.
ChartWorld has launched version 1.2 of its digital voyage planning solution, My Route Appraisal (MyRA).
A large number of recent observations and detentions due to lack of certificated training, or, navigation incidents based on poor knowledge have led ECDIS, a part of eMaritime Group, to launch a ‘Peace of Mind’ service.
ChartCo is expanding its OneOcean digital solution with its new ‘Fixed Price Pay As You Sail’ (PAYS) system, which will be launched on July 1, 2019.
Navios ShipManagement, a member of Navios Group, has confirmed that it is the first shipping company to roll out SRH Marine SAIT’s Delta Platform with real-time ECDIS chart updates over Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband service.
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