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NG Explorer updates software on ECDIS concerns

The vessel National Geographic Explorer has had its ECDIS software upgraded during a recent visit to Scandinavia, in the wake of recent IHO concerns over display issues with ECDIS systems.

The vessel uses the ADVETO ECDIS-4000 onboard, and has now installed software release v10.237 on the equipment. ADVETO says it will inform all of its customers about the availability of this latest release.

This version has been introduced with particular reference to the IHO circular ‘Update Report on IHO Action concerning ECDIS Software Issues’, which confirmed that IHO had checked the performance of systems from 15 out of 25 recognised manufacturers of type-approved ECDIS, and that only one third of the systems scrutinised functioned as expected.

“We have put our systems through the most stringent of tests set by the IHO and submitted our report to them along with the test and support documentation as well as screen dumps required in the latest circular,” says Kent Sylvén, general manager ADVETO.

“The previous generation ECDIS-4000 did not match the exhaustive criteria set out in the IHO report in some minor areas, however none of the shortcomings were critical.”

“The new version of ECDIS-4000 is a result of extensive work at Adveto and its partners which accept a new software version also required changing the SevenCs kernel version plus an update of Adveto’s ECDIS certificate MED-B-5858 handled by DNV.”

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