HYDRO 2016 Paper 5B2


Peter Dugge, Niels Horneburg


Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC) and Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) are typically created at different places:

When in use, ENCs and ECDIS form a closely interconnected "community" with its members strongly dependent on each other when creating results which aim to support the navigator as efficiently as possible.

Recognising the complexity of the standardisation task a great deal of success has been achieved in creating a worldwide community of producers and users of ECDIS and ENCs providing a global coverage for the international maritime community.

However – not surprisingly – gaps exist between worlds of ENCs and ECDIS with regard to the standards and methods applied when producing and using ENCs and ECDIS.

The presentation discusses some effects not foreseen by some stakeholders when using ENC with ECDIS, namely when handling

Some of these discrepancies between the worlds of ENCs and ECDIS have the potential to mislead the navigator.

It is hoped that the presentation contributes to the harmonisation efforts of the maritime community to lessen the gaps between the worlds of ENC and ECDIS. Further it would be appreciated if the presentation would contribute to the usability of ENCs not only with ECDIS but in other environments such as tactical displays, too.

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