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Old 07-01-2010, 14:06   #1
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ECS Vs. ECDIS

What is the difference between an Electronic Chart System and a Electronic Chart Display Information System as outlined in Bowditches and on the International Maritime Organization?
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What is the difference between an Electronic Chart System and a Electronic Chart Display Information System as outlined in Bowditches and on the International Maritime Organization?
ECS is just an acronym for Electronic Chart Systems in general.

ECDS is an international standard describing those systems.

ECS / ECDIS electronic navigation chart systems

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The short answer is that an ECDIS is an ECS that complies with the Resolutions promulgated by IMO. See Electronic charts

Since ECS don't have to provide the same level of reliability (in hardware and software) as ECDIS, they are much cheaper.

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It sounds like they are just very concerned with keeping charts and software updated and running smoothly with any interfaced instruments. Interesting, thanks. Do you have an ECDIS onboard?
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I don't even have a chartplotter onboard my yacht (I'm not rich enough yet) but part of my work is on Navy ships with ECDIS.

IMO, an ECDIS isn't affordable for an ordinary yachtsman, for it would add too much weight, use too much money, space and electrical power. ECDIS is intended for ships, not boats.

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I figured as much I was just curious about what it was.
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It sounds like they are just very concerned with keeping charts and software updated and running smoothly with any interfaced instruments. Interesting, thanks. Do you have an ECDIS onboard?
Haha! he would need to be flushed with cash, the system on the ship i currently work on left no change out of $75,000US...

Transas | Navi-Sailor ECDIS 4000 Multifunction Display

I do have the navigation software program from Transas for the above ECDIS on my laptop, which now makes it ECS only, the softlware is
relatively cheap, it's the hardware to make it ECDIS compliant that demands the big $$$$...
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Haha! he would need to be flushed with cash, the system on the ship i currently work on left no change out of $75,000US...

Transas | Navi-Sailor ECDIS 4000 Multifunction Display

I do have the navigation software program from Transas for the above ECDIS on my laptop, which now makes it ECS only, the softlware is
relatively cheap, it's the hardware to make it ECDIS compliant that demands the big $$$$...
You think it would fit in my 25 footer?
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ECDIS -- Electronic charting system fully compliant with IMO, SOLAS. Thinks ships.

ECS -- Electronic charting systems that are not full compliant as is ECDIS. This is what most of us have on our boats. Important to understand the limitations and lack of standardization among ECS systems. I understand there is work being done on an ECS standard that will clean up the rough edges.
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I don't even have a chartplotter onboard my yacht (I'm not rich enough yet) but part of my work is on Navy ships with ECDIS.

IMO, an ECDIS isn't affordable for an ordinary yachtsman, for it would add too much weight, use too much money, space and electrical power. ECDIS is intended for ships, not boats.

Alain
hi! just want to ask what brand of ecdis are you using in your workplace? we are a company here in the philippines that is intrested in acquiring and supplying ecdis in the philippines.. but, we are still looking for the brand that we are going to sell.. actually im new in this company and im the one who will be trained in using ecdis.. =)
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I have seen these:
SODENA - Specialized in navigation, security and GIS for maritime world.
Transas Group

I have no opinion about any of these products.

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