NYK’s in-house tool makes ECDIS operation simpler

Malcolm Latarche

29 January 2019

A new tool developed in-house by NYK subsidiary, NYK Shipmanagement based in Singapore, is aimed at allowing navigators to develop expertise in ECDIS operation more rapidly. iPlus ECDIS, provides detailed guidance that covers 66 ECDIS operations to improve the efficiency of onboard duties.

Announcing the new tool, NYK said that much time is required for officers to become proficient in the use of ECDIS because it differs according to manufacturer and model, and operation requires many steps. Even newer versions of ECDIS vary significantly from older versions made by the same manufacturer and can be challenging to operate. Initial steps in a menu can differ greatly from version to version, as can subsequent steps. Moreover, many steps can often be required to accomplish a task, so officers can require a lot of time to learn the use of ECDIS. iPlus ECDIS was thus created to provide quick educational guidance in a digital platform to assist officers and improve their speed of use.

The iPlus ECDIS structure is based on the ECDIS checklist provided by the Nautical Institute (NI). Currently, it is applicable only to four ECDIS models manufactured in Japan. The system can run and be displayed on a tablet sited next to the ship’s ECDIS and includes details of 66 different operations that an ECDIS may be used for. Users select the required operation and the iPlus ECDIS guides users to complete the task using signage and pop-up messages.

This digital guide is currently being distributed to 200 NYK ships and will soon expand to ships managed by the NYK Group. In its medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green”, the NYK Group emphasises its efforts to continue to boost digitalization to realize more efficient operations and create new value.