MARIS ticks IHO checklist

by Hans | June 25th, 2012

On the eve of its latest product launch, maritime electronic navigation specialist MARIS has moved to reconfirm that its ECDIS solutions meet performance standards set out by the International Hydrographic Bureau.

MARIS is due to launch its ECDIS900 version this month, with all of its distributors set to be notified when the software is released so that they can down-load software from MARIS ftp-servers.

IHO has long expressed concern that some ECDIS may not display certain combinations of chart features and attributes correctly and on rare occasions may fail to display a navigationally significant feature. According to IHO, “This appears to be caused by anomalous behaviour in some ECDIS software, especially early versions.”

The circular, ‘Update Report on IHO Action concerning ECDIS Software Issues’, signed by IHB Director Robert Ward, cites an IHO ENC Data Presentation and Performance Check whose findings were submitted to the IMO Maritime Safety Committee in May.

IHO said that it had checked the performance of systems from 15 out of 25 recognised manufacturers of type-approved ECDIS, many of which included the most well-known brands in the industry. It reported that only one third of the systems scrutinised functioned as expected.

MARIS Technical Director, Philippe Kah, said that it had been deemed critical that the company took swift action to ensure that its software was acknowledged as meeting the standards being set for ECDIS by the IHO, given that mandatory ECDIS will be phased in across the industry from July, 2012.

“As part of the consultation process between IHO and ECDIS manufacturers, we have put our systems through the stringent tests set by the IHO and submitted our report to them, along with the test support documentation and screen dumps required in the latest circular,” he said. “The previous generation ECDIS900 did not match the exhaustive criteria set out in the IHO report in four minor areas, none of them critical, but we have been able to advise our distributors that the new ECDIS900 V4.5.4.76 is fully compliant with IHO tests.”

For more information, please contact: Philippe Kah, Technical Director, MARIS, email –, Tel +47 900 555 86.

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