Action in case of ECDIS failure


In the event of an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) failure on a merchant ship, it’s crucial to take prompt action to ensure the safety of the ship and crew. Here are some steps that should be taken:

  1. Inform Master: Immediately inform MASTER of the ECDIS failure.
  2. Switch to backup navigation systems and take other necessary precautions.
  3. Switch to paper charts: Use paper charts as a backup to the ECDIS to continue navigation.
  4. Do frequent position fixing on the chart.
  5. Determine the cause of the failure: Following are the cause
    • Power failure
    • Sensor input failure
    • Hardware failure
    • Software failure
  6. The vessel should try to repair the defect using spares as available onboard.
  7. Notify authorities: Master to inform the technical superintendent about the breakdown of the ECDIS equipment and contact the manufacturer for fault finding & troubleshooting. Inform the flagstate about the breakdown through office.
  8. Conduct a risk assessment: Assess whether other systems or equipment have been affected and whether additional precautions are necessary.
  9. Vessel can proceed to her next port using the backup system and arrange for necessary repairs at that port.

Remember to remain calm and follow established procedures. Work together as a team to ensure the safety of the ship and crew, and take all necessary measures to minimize potential risks.

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