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This document provides the requirements for Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) certification, set out in Chapter II of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Convention of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW Convention), as amended and corresponding sections of the STCW Code.
Training courses developed in line with these criteria and delivered at centres approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), will cover the mandatory minimum requirements for the safe use of ECDIS. The specifications described in this document have been developed by the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) in conjunction with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The MCA has agreed with the MNTB that the specifications described in this document will satisfy the requirements for training.  A course developed to deliver ECDIS shall be approved by the MCA in accordance with the approval process described in Annex A. Guidance on simulator exercises can be found at Annex B.