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Table of contents
Table of Abbreviations ................................................................................................................. 4
Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 5
1.

Thesis statement ..............................................................................................................................5

2.

The Electronic Chart Display and Information System..............................................................5

3.

The legal dispute .............................................................................................................................7

Chapter 1 – Lex Lata..................................................................................................................... 9
1.1

What is governed by SOLAS Chapter V regarding ECDIS? ................................................9

1.2

What is governed by the STCW Code regarding ECDIS? ...................................................12

1.3

The ECDIS Performance Standards adopted by the IMO ...................................................13

1.3.1

Implementation and enforcement of the various IMO instruments .......................................13

a)

Conventions .........................................................................................................................................14

b)

Resolutions ...........................................................................................................................................14

c)

Guidelines and Recommendations ....................................................................................................15

1.3.2

Resolution A.817(19) Performance Standards for ECDIS, as amended by Resolution

MSC.232(82) – Revised Performance Standards for ECDIS .............................................................15
1.3.3
1.4

The role of the IHO in developing ECDIS technical standards .............................................16
The 59th session of the IMO sub-committee on Safety of Navigation (NAV 59) .................17

1.4.1

NAV 59/13 – Proposal for a clarification of SOLAS V/27 ...................................................18

1.4.2

NAV 59/13/1 – Comments on the proposal to clarify SOLAS V/27.....................................18

1.4.3

Failure of the proposal to clarify SOLAS V/27 by means of an explanatory footnote..........19

1.4.4

NAV 59/11 – consolidation of ECDIS-related IMO circulars ...............................................19

1.5

MSC.1/Circ.1503 ECDIS – Guidance for Good Practice .....................................................20

1.5.1

Appendix 1 of MSC.1/Circ.1503: List of ECDIS display anomalies ....................................20

1.5.2

The requirement to update ECDIS software established in MSC.1/Circ.1503 ......................20

1.6

Concluding section – lex lata ...................................................................................................23

Chapter 2 – Updating ECDIS software: manual vs. automatic ................................................ 25
2.1 Updating paper charts ....................................................................................................................25
2.2 Updating Electronic Navigation Charts ........................................................................................25
2.2.1 The ‘primary’ procedure for updating ENC data – digital and automatic .................................27
2.2.2 The ‘secondary’ procedure for updating ENC data – manual corrections .................................27
2.2.3 Are manual corrections effected on the SENC considered official updates? ............................28

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