World ECDIS Day will be held September 20, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany to bring together experts and maritime industries to celebrate and discuss issues and advances related to the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS).
In 2009, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted a regulation under SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) chapter V that mandates new ships to carry ECDIS and existing ships to be fitted to include the system by 2018, citing the increased safety associated with real-time electronic charts.
The 2017 World ECDIS Day is focused on the World Wide Electronic Navigational Chart Data Base (WEND), a common worldwide network of ENC datasets established in 1992, based on International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) standards and designed specifically to meet the needs of international maritime traffic using ECDIS.
World ECDIS Day events include: cruise ship tours demonstrating live maneuvering on electronic charts; training workshops in auditing ECDIS skills; presentations on implementation and chart maintenance, cyber risk management and PSC and vetting issues; panels of speakers including regulators and industry representatives; awards for data-implementation, e-navigation influence and lifetime achievement; and an address from IHO Secretary General Dr. Mathias Jonas.
Learn more: https://www.world-ecdis-day.com/