The mandatory carriage of ECDIS has been implemented on almost all ships depending upon the type and gross tonnage of the vessel.

It is widely believed that ECDIS will be an essential aid for safe navigation.

This is a preliminary passage planning for finding out charts for the intended route.

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This is a short route and hence uses rhumb line courses as default; however, For long ocean voyages, for E.g.

from Yokohama, Japan to Mexico the route also shows GC track options.

Once that’s done another option of ‘Create Order’ will pop up at the bottom.

‘Order Address Information’ window pops up where order information has to be filled for e.g. Once the order is created successfully an Order Output Summary is generated where the order files need to be sent to the nominated chart agent.

To use the ECDIS effectively it is also important for the navigating officer to know how to order the charts for the intended voyage and about means and methods available to keep them updated .

The method of procurement of electronic charts is different when compared to paper charts.As mentioned earlier it is also important to take weather conditions into account while selecting charts.The route from EDCIS can be exported and analyzed using Met Manager which is a weather monitoring software Map.The charts can be selected by clicking on the chart area in the map.The selected chart will have yellow lines and will display cell name.Unlike paper charts which are only purchased once, until a new edition is published or a chart is cancelled, electronic charts are purchased through a license system called “permits”.