Posted August 13, 2020
An ECDIS manufacturer has become the first in the world to comply with a new critical safety standard intended to reduce the number of similar alert signals on a vessel’s bridge.
ChartWorld has gained type-approval revision of its eGlobe G2 ECDIS with DNV GL. In an industry first, eGlobeG2 has been certified compliant with IEC62923-1 and IEC62923-2 standard alert and cluster identifier for Bridge Alarm Management (BAM).
Oliver Schwarz, ChartWorld’s business development director, said: “This is a significant achievement for the ChartWorld team. Two of our key promises to shipowners and managers are that your ECDIS will always be compliant and it will always be up-to-date. Having our eGlobe G2 units certified, delivers on this commitment.
“Achieving revised type-approval was a complex and thorough process and we believe a number of ECDIS manufacturers may drop out of the market as the industry scrambles to meet the certification deadline.”
IEC 62923-1:2018 specifies the operational and performance requirements, methods of testing, and required test results for the bridge alert management (BAM) in support of IMO resolution MSC.302(87). It is applicable to all alerts presented on and transferred to the bridge.
IEC 62923-2:2018 specifies standard alert identifiers and reserved cluster identifiers to be used when applying bridge alert management. The intent is to reduce the number of different identifiers used for similar alerts as much as possible. The new certificate was issued on the 5th of July 2020 and is valid for 5 years.
All ECDIS installed after 1 September 2021 need to comply eventually.
By Rebecca Jeffrey