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A dedicated conference dealing with ECDIS and Electronic Navigational Charts was long overdue. This is the conclusion drawn from the World ECDIS Day, an industry initiative which brought together stakeholders involved in ENC production and its use. The interest in this first time event, which took place on September 16th in Hamburg, was just overwhelming and organizers even had to turn down some registrations as all sessions and panel discussions were booked out within short time.
Gilles Bessero, director of the IHO, opened the event with an impressive summary about the ECDIS carriage requirement and electronic chart production. Some 250 participants from all around the world attended workshops, presentations and discussions dealing with the ECDIS carriage requirement, type approval, ENC distribution, ECDIS training and hydrographic survey. Capt. Osamu Marumoto of the IMO and Michael Bergmann, president of CIRM, were among several speakers providing interesting news about and insight into all ECDIS-related matters.
The World ECDIS Day ended with an exciting evening event providing a stunning view on the port of Hamburg on the 20th floor of the “Atlantic Haus”. One of the evening’s highlights was certainly the award ceremony introducing the following winners:
ECDIS Trainer of the Year - Capt. Peter Möller, Promacindo, Jakarta, Indonesia
Best ECDIS Implementation Award - Geden Lines, Istanbul, Turkey
Innovation Award - Carnival Maritime, Hamburg, Germany
Navigation Safety Award - Fleet Management Limited, Hongkong
Lifetime Achievement Award - Prof. Dr. Bernhard Berking, Hamburg, Germany
The next WORLD ECDIS DAY is planned for 2017.
The new version of the SevenCs ECDIS Kernel SDK (Software Development Kit) 5.20 has been designed to meet all future requirements of the latest international standards in order to reduce implementation irregularities and improve the overall usability of chart display systems. (IEC 61174 Standard edition 4.0; IHO S-52 Presentation Library edition 4.0; IHO S-64 Test Standard edition 3.0)
Eric Rottman, Kernel SDK product manager, comments: “A major focus of the release version 5.20 has been laid on detection and indication of danger and caution objects. Now it is specified which objects have to be treated as navigational hazards, areas for which special conditions exist and safety contour related objects.”
- Reflects the revised and new definitions for the chart and mariner’s settings, i.e. display categories, viewing group layers and so-called display selectors.
- Enables the display of the status of a chart of any past time or time interval based on the applied chart updates.
- Lists only those objects in a pick report which are displayed according to the chart settings.
Highlight of the new version is certainly the new stand-alone chart handling tool. The so-called ChartHandler allows for handling large amounts of data and sets a benchmark for chart loading and updating in the industry.
The “Maritime Cluster Northern Germany”, established by the federal states of Schleswig-Holstein, Niedersachsen, Bremen and Hamburg, is aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of the maritime economy by collaborations beyond state borders and through regional projects.
SevenCs was one of the first companies to join MCN in 2012 and therefore deserved a major article in their annual activity report.
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