ECDIS (Generic) Electronic Chart Display Information systems
Level 6

ECD611 ECDIS (Generic) Electronic Chart Display Information systems

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  • Course code


  • Locations and dates


    31 October 2022
  • Length

    40 hours, delivered over 5 consecutive days, 8.30am-5.00pm.

  • Fees

    Tuition: 1965.00
    Student levy: 30.00
  • Credits


STCW requires that all masters and officers in charge of a navigational watch (Watchkeeper Deck) on a ship fitted with ECDIS must have completed a generic ECDIS course.

NMIT’s Generic ECDIS training is based on IMO Model Course 1.27 and approved by Maritime New Zealand.

NMIT has both Kongsberg and Transas ECDIS simulator, students will cover the following topics:

  • Operate ECDIS equipment
  • Use the navigational functions of ECDIS
  • Select and assess all relevant information and take proper action
  • Acquire and develop a knowledge and understanding of the basic principles governing the safe operation of ECDIS
  • Understand ECDIS data and their presentation
  • Understand system-related limitations and potential dangers
  • Generate and maintain displays
  • Operate all basic navigational functions and all specific functions for route planning and route monitoring
  • Select and use the navigational data and display the data in the appropriate manner
  • Ability to perform loading and updating
  • Recognise and analyse nautical alarms during route planning and route monitoring as well as sensor alarms
  • Assess the impact of the performance limits of sensors on the safe use of ECDIS
  • Understand the importance of a back-up system and its limited performance
  • Assess errors, inaccuracies and ambiguities caused by improper data management
  • Awareness of errors in displayed data, errors of interpretation
  • Risk of over-reliance on ECDIS and be able to take proper action. In addition, knowledge of the principal types of electronic chart
  • Knowledge legal aspects in the operational use and management of ECDIS.

This course can only take 6 students at a time due to computer stations. Some courses are run as part of the  Mate Fishing Vessel - Unlimited and Diploma in Nautical Science programmes, and may, therefore, have limited places for individual students.

Additional courses can be run in exceptional circumstances. If you have a group of mariners in your organisation who need to complete this course, please contact us directly by emailing

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