ECDIS and e-Navigation By Margarita Sjursen
Publicado por mjsigol
Image credit: Paulo Ordoveza
As more shipowners deal with the challenges of selecting the right ECDIS and ENC subscription options, they face a bigger question: what are the benefits of e-Navigation beyond the ECDIS mandate, and are they worth the effort and investment?
Regulations will continue playing a key part in the implementation of e-Navigation, but it is also important for shipowners to see the clear user benefits, believes Seppo Virtanen, director of buoy products and smart monitoring solutions at SeaHow. “It’s a combination of a carrot and a stick,” he adds.
Unlike ECDIS, e-Navigation is unlikely to ever become mandatory. Without the regulatory push, many shipowners may be discouraged by the cost involved in implementing e-Navigation. Unless, of course, they see significant advantages in operational efficiency and safety.
Urging shipowners to consider unfavorable scenarios, such as accidents, near misses, collisions or groundings, may help them realize the importance of implementing e-Navigation, believes Anas Suleiman, Nigeria’s deputy alternate permanent representative and technical advisor to the International Maritime Organization.
“ECDIS is just a pointer to the realization of e-Navigation,” Suleiman says.
According to Geir Olsen, product manager at Jeppesen Marine, the mandated use of ENCs may be an important step on the way to e-Navigation, but there are still some misunderstandings involved. “Many still believe there is something called ‘unofficial ENCs’ out there,” he says. As Olsen points out, communicating the difference between official ENCs and private data for value-added services is up to training facilities. “That requires much more industrial and academic collaboration than we have today,” he underlines.
Omar Frits Eriksson, board member of the IALA World-Wide Academy and head of maritime technology at the http://www.dma.dk/ Danish Maritime Authority, points out that it is difficult to implement innovative solutions in the ECDIS environment due to the limitations imposed by regulations. “The ECDIS carriage requirements are not going to be very important for e-Navigation in general,” he says.
“ECDIS is not going to enhance the uptake of e-Navigation much, because the ECDIS concept is fairly closed.”
Krystyna Wojnarowicz, president and co-founder of MARSEC-XL, says that e-Navigation could benefit from lessons learned from the ECDIS mandate.
With a wide range of opinions on the relationship between ECDIS and e-Navigation, one thing remains clear: both are here to stay.