Navigation and bridge system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz has released a range of new features for electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS). These “Plus Features” improve specialised mission capabilities in ECDIS, such as tactical operation and collaboration.
The Plus Features include a variety of navigational aids and overlays, which are typically required for coast guard or naval ships, offshore and research ships and megayachts. Among the key features are:
- Search and rescue (SAR) operations based on IMO (International Maritime Organisation) IAMSAR Manual Volume III, which are now supported quickly and easily with multiple search patterns.
- GeoObjectEvents to enable offshore and fishery control vessels to watch a certain sea area. It can also be used for MARPOL Annex VI emission control areas (which can be imported from IMO website).
- Target intercept to calculate a course to steer to reach a target at a given speed in the shortest possible time – typically required from “blue forces” or pilots.
- OUTHOUSE, which defines a fixed common reference position for a helicopter and its landing platform – for example on offshore vessels or megayachts.
All features are available this month as a software option for any existing ECDIS NX installation.