 InitialPreparation
Comments  Y/N  
1.1 
Establish if the vessel is approved to use ECDIS for navigation.

Y  
1.2 
Familiarize with Company Navigational Procedures concerning the use of the equipment and ensure that these are followed.

Y  
1.3  Are there any passwords needed for the management of the system and, if so, obtain the details from the Master.

Y  
1.4 
Identify the primary ECDIS equipment and the facilities for backup. If the backup is a second ECDIS of a different type to that of the primary installation, then Sections 2 to 6 of this Familiarization checklist must be repeated for both systems.

V/L has only one ECDIS as a Primary Installation.  N 
1.5 
Understand ship procedures in event that the ECDIS and its backup fail.

V/L has Ppaer Chart as back up to ECDIS.  Y 
1.6 
Determine where the user manuals for ECDIS and its back up are located – an electronic version of these may be available on each unit.

Y  
1.7 
Determine where Base and Update CDs are stored on the ship (if appropriate).

With Master  Y 
1.8 
Determine the procedures to obtain additional chart permits (if appropriate).

Y  
1.9 
Determine and understand the positionfix systems that feed the ECDIS. Determine the method of switching between sources, such as primary and secondary positionfix systems.

Y  
1.10 
Determine what other systems feed into the ECDIS, such as radar (acquired targets, Radar picture overlay), AIS, water speed logs, echo sounders, etc. For each, establish the reference framework, eg. ground, water or ship stabilised (relative).

Y  
1.11 
Determine where to find maintenance records related to the ECDIS and service reports, nonconformity reports & inspection, validation reports (if appropriate).

Y  
1.12 
Determine the power supply modes and their specifications such as UPS duration.

V/L don’t have UPS connected to the ECDIS.  Y 
 Basic Operation
Comments  Y/N  
2.1 
Determine how to switch the ECDIS on and off. 
Y  
2.2 
Establish the function(s), position and general operation of the physical controls and switches, including cursor control, and the access and selection of menu items.

Y  
2.3 
Understand how to access the main menu and select menu options.

Y  
2.4 
Determine the methods for setting day/night viewing modes, brightness, contrast and colour correction (if available).

Y  
2.6 
Determine how to put equipment in routemonitoring mode and routeplanning mode.

Y  
2.7 
Determine the methods for scrolling and zooming charts, including determining the current scale of displayed charts and setting the display to a particular scale.

Y  
2.8 
Determine how to select the Display Base and Standard Display.

Y  
2.9 
Determine how to display other information from ENCs, including the display of All Other Information.

Y  
2.10 
Determine how to check that information concerning own ship, such as dimensions are correct.

Y  
2.11 
Determine how to select the safety contour and safety depth.

Y  
2.12 
Determine how to select two or fourcolour contour mode.

Y  
2.13 
Determine how to select deep and shallow area display options.

Y  
2.14 
Determine how to set all other parameters concerning the safety domain.

Y  
2.15 
Establish how alarms and other alerts are given by the ECDIS and understand the procedure needed to acknowledge them.

Y 
 Charts
Comments  Y/N  
3.1 
Determine how to access the chart directory and to identify whether charts are ENCs, RNCs or unofficial 
Y  
3.2 
Determine how to select a chart for display on the screen 
Y  
3.3 
Determine how to load new chart licence keys (if appropriate) 
Y  
3.4 
Determine how to load base data (if appropriate) 
Y  
3.5 
Determine how to check the update status of loaded charts 
Y  
3.6 
Determine how to update charts using the normal cumulative update procedures (if appropriate) 
Y  
3.7 
If applicable, determine how to apply noncumulative or electronicallytransmitted updates 
Y  
3.8 
Determine how to apply manual updates (if appropriate) 
Y 
 Navigation Tools and Functions
Comments  Y/N  
4.1 
Determine how to display the legend of general information e.g. units for depths & heights, datums etc.. 
Y  
4.2 
Determine how to select information about an object (Pick report) 
Y  
4.3 
Determine how Zone of Confidence (CATZOC) information can be displayed 
Y  
4.4 
Determine how to access the Presentation Library 
Y  
4.5 
Determine what Marine Information Overlays (MIOs) are available and how to access them. (Radar and AIS covered in Section 6 below) 
Radar Overlays are not available since Radar feeds are not given.  Y 
4.6 
Determine the single operator action needed to remove MIOs from the display 
Y 
Comments 
Y/N 

4.7 
Determine the single operator action needed to set the Standard Display setting 
Y  
4.8 
Determine how to view, add, edit and delete Mariners’ Notes 
Y  
4.9 
Determine how to access all navigational elements and parameters, such as past track, vectors, position lines, etc. 
Y  
4.10 
Establish the facilities provided for the measurement of range and bearing (eg. EBLs and VRMs) and determine their use 
Y  
4.11 
Determine the method(s) used for inserting Parallel Index lines 
Y  
4.12 
Determine what other navigational tools are available and how to access them 
Y  
4.13 
Determine how to change to using the ECDIS backup system 
Y  
4.14 
Determine the procedure for identifying and reacting to sensor/GNSS failure. 
Y  
4.15 
Determine how to switch Chart Text (text for charted objects) on and off. 
Y 
 Route Planning (If appropriate to watchkeeping responsibilities)
Comments  Y/N  
5.1 
Determine how to load existing routes and enable for editing 
Y  
5.2 
Determine how to initiate a new route plan 
Y  
5.3 
Determine how to initiate and plan alternate routes 
Y  
5.4 
Determine how to save route plan 
Y  
5.5 
Determine how to add, delete and adjust graphically the position of waypoints 
Y  
5.6 
Determine how to add, edit and delete critical points 
Y  
5.7 
Determine how to display time varying objects relevant for the timing of the planned voyage 
Y  
5.8 
Establish all the features available for planning routes, such as use of straight and curved segments, wheel over positions, turn radii, and inserting pilotage aids 
Y  
5.9 
Determine the ship’s procedures for displaying MSI, T&P Notices and other relevant notes into the voyage plan 
Y  
5.10 
Determine how to use the facilities for checking the planned route 
Y  
5.11 
Determine how to load the planned route and alternatives into the backup system 
Y  
5.12 
If available, determine how to use RCDS mode where ENCs are not available and as appropriate. 
Y 
 Route Monitoring
Comments  Y/N  
6.1 
Determine how to load a preplanned route 
Y  
6.2 
Determine how to select the primary or an alternate route and how to distinguish between them on the display 
Y  
6.3 
Determine the single operator action that selects the charted display of own ship’s position 
Y  
6.4 
Determine the available display orientation modes and how to switch between them (eg, North Up, Head Up, Course Up) 
Y  
6.5 
Determine the available display motion modes and how to select them and change the parameters, such as the position of own ship on the display when Relative Motion is selected 
Y  
6.6 
If Radar or AIS targets can be displayed on the ECDIS, determine what target vector modes are available and how to switch between and differentiate them 
Y  
6.7 
Determine how to create time labels along the ship’s track 
Y  
6.8 
Establish familiarity with the Route Monitoring display, including the display of position, heading, course, speed and time 
Y  
6.9 
Determine how to set the length of own ship’s vector and intermediate time marks 
Y  
6.10 
Determine how to display Radar and AIS MIOs, if available 
Radar Overlays are not available since Radar feeds are not given.  Y 
6.11 
Determine how to use the ECDIS as the input to a track keeping autopilot. This will also need reference to the autopilot handbook 
Y  
6.12 
Determine how to input LOP to form the reference for an estimated position 
Y  
6.13 
Determine how to configure the ECDIS to use this reference (6.12) for subsequent EPs 
Y  
6.14 
Determine how to switch to DR mode and to identify when the ECDIS is in DR mode 
Y  
6.15 
Determine how to use the review facilities of the voyage recorder (if appropriate and not essential knowledge prior to sailing) 
Y 
Points to pounder :
Master is responsible for ensuring that watchkeepers should be adequately able to demonstrate knowledge of all identified issues to comply with the Familiarization requirements of the ISM Code.
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