What is Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate (Form E)?

Details of a ship’s navigational systems and equipment are recorded in Section 3 of Form E (Record of equipment – Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate). The means of complying with SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 19 (i.e. paper charts and/or ECDIS) needs to be indicated on a ship’s Form E. If the ship uses ECDIS for navigation, Form E must clearly state the back-up arrangement in place.
If a vessel requires flexibility in using either paper charts or ECDIS as the means of navigation, such an arrangement must be clearly indicated on Form E. In such cases, both paper charts and ECDIS must comply with SOLAS requirements.