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MARIS updates ECDIS

MARIS reports that it is set to launch the latest update to the software for its ECDIS900 system, version 4.5.4.76.

The company says that its distributors will be notified when the software is released and will be able to download the software from MARIS’ ftp-servers.

With the release of this new update MARIS also wishes to note that the software has been acknowledged as meeting the standards being set for ECDIS by the IHO, with particular reference to the recent IHO circular ‘Update Report on IHO Action concerning ECDIS Software Issues’.

This circular stated that only about one-third of ECDIS manufacturers’ systems reported to IHO appear to function as expected in performance checks (see Digital Ship May 2012 issue, page 1).

“As part of the consultation process between IHO and ECDIS manufacturers, we have put our systems through the stringent tests set by the IHO and submitted our report to them, along with the test support documentation and screen dumps required in the latest circular,” said MARIS technical director, Philippe Kah.

“The previous generation ECDIS900 did not match the exhaustive criteria set out in the IHO report in four minor areas, none of them critical, but we have been able to advise our distributors that the new ECDIS900 V4.5.4.76 is fully compliant with IHO tests.”

In other news, MARIS has also agreed a deal with Wärtsilä, whereby MARIS hardware and software will become part of Wärtsilä’s product specific training.

The MARIS ECDIS900 system will be installed at the Wärtsilä Land & Sea Training Academy Subic, the engine company’s instruction centre in the Philippines.

The agreement is part of a standard cooperation offer from MARIS covering certification, ‘train the trainer’ training, and yearly maintenance of software, software upgrades, documentation, charts and other digital services.

This new cooperation agreement is indicative of the company’s prioritisation of training agreements in Asia, according to MARIS director Asia Pacific, Bhupesh Gandhi, with expected regional shipowner uptake of ECDIS to expand by around 20-30 per cent in 2012.

“Most crews are truly international and, given the importance of the Philippines as a source of maritime labour, the agreement with Wärtsilä Subic is a landmark in our drive to ensure that good and standardised ECDIS training on MARIS systems is available in as many locations as possible,” he said.

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