ECDIS UPS Back Up, Types, Features & Approvals

The IMO has ruled that all ships must have ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) by July 2018.

ECDIS Regulations: IMO - Solas Chapter V Regulation 19.2

At its 86th session from May 26 to June 5, 2009, the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee approved New Regulations for the mandatory carriage requirements of ECDIS.

All ECDIS must have Marine UPS back up to comply with rules 15.1 & 15.2
The amendment to SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations Chapter V: 19.2 (1.11.2011) will require ships engaged on international voyages to be fitted with ECDIS

ECDIS Mandatory

Ships may be exempt from the requirements if they will be taken permanently out of service within two years after the implementation date specified.

Chapter V 19

2.14 nautical charts & nautical publications to plan and display the ship's route for the intended voyage & to plot and monitor positions throughout the voyage.
An electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) is also accepted as meeting the chart carriage requirements of this subparagraph. Ships to which
paragraph 2.10 applies shall comply with the carriage requirements for ECDIS detailed therein

2.15 back-up arrangements to meet the functional requirements of subparagraph .4, if this function is partly or fully fulfilled by electronic means*

* An appropriate folio of paper nautical charts may be used as a back-up arrangement for ECDIS. Other back-up arrangements for ECDIS are acceptable (see appendix 6 to resolution
A.817(19), as amended)

IMO Resolution A.817(19) - IMO ECDIS Performance Standards

As per IMO, it is essential that any ECDIS chosen for vessel must meet the performance standards set by IMO.
The Performance Standards for an ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display & Information System) are outlined in Resolution A.817(19).
They form the basis of any Type Approval.

Get IMO Resolution A.817 19 - Performance Standards For ECDIS