From Celestial to Digital navigation

Conferences, Seminars, Forums, IMarEST — By on August 20, 2018 at 2:53 PM

Emma Wise and Paul Hailwood receive IMarEST tokens of appreciatio

Dubai, 8 August 2018 – ChartWorld conceptualized World ECDIS Day four years ago which was very well appreciated by the industry.  As a result, ChartWorld decided to take the concept on tour and over the last 9 months have hosted a series of 12 seminars, the last in the series being the Middle East ECDIS day in conjunction with the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) UAE branch. The knowledge sharing session for the maritime fraternity described how the industry is driving digitalization through small measures to deliver big results.

At the helm of the stimulating event was Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary IMarEST UAE branch, who in the opening introduction displayed his father’s Sextant which was purchased in 1962. He compared this archaic navigation instrument to the recently developed world’s first fully digitalized supply chain with all operations, including loading and unloading of a container ship and sailing conducted fully autonomously. Nikeel highlighted that Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) will be a key element for protecting the autonomous ship against collision and stranding. Legislation demanding all internationally sailing SOLAS vessels to be retrofitted with ECDIS comes to an end this year.

ECDIS on display

In a duet presentation, Emma Wise (Sales Director, ChartWorld International) and Capt. Paul Hailwood (Hailwood Consultancy) outlined the risks and complexities of digital navigation in today’s environment. Paul shared his practical views both as a mariner and external auditor. Topics they covered included – Situational Awareness, Cyber Security, MYRA, CIO+, Bridge Efficiency, Training, Maintenance, Compliance, Shore Support & Emergency Navigational Solutions.

They spoke of ChartWorld’s ECDIS concept with a lifetime warranty and the increasing importance of this in the journey beyond basic ECDIS compliance and implementation.  A recent eGlobe G2 functional development aside from the latest IHO and IMO standards is a  CATZOC feature in order to make route planning more precise and safe, implementing an additional risk control measure. Another feature which starts to move towards efficient utilization of big data and S-100, is the ChartWorld Information Overlay (CIO+) service providing all T&P notices automatically plotted on the ECDIS as a user chart overlay,  reducing the administrative burden onboard and ensuring uniform quality of corrections even during stressful coastal voyages.

111 delegates attending

Emma explained that in case of an emergency and as an additional risk mitigation tool,  ChartWorld’s Emergency Navigation System (ENS) which can be connected to a ship’s AIS and/or GPS will navigate a vessel safely to the next pilot station or port of refuge. The hardware platform is a windows tablet or notebook. All official ENCs from the ECDIS are installed on the ENS at no additional cost with 30% savings compared to paper chart back-up.

The 111 participants were treated to first-rate speakers who advised and educated, in a relaxed yet professional environment. Maritime related deliberations continued over canapes & beverages, hosted by ChartWorld, at the upscale Ramada Jumeirah hotel in Dubai.

About the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST)

The IMarEST which is headquartered in London, is an international professional body and learned society for marine engineers, scientists and technologists. With its global appeal, consultative status at IMO, collaborative undertakings with governments worldwide and international standing, IMarEST is, inter alia, the preferred partner for sharing knowledge and dissemination of information to a broad spectrum of marine professionals at local and international levels. More details can be accessed via


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