C-MAP electronic charts obtain ISO certification

13 Jul 2004

C-MAP is the first company to have an electronic chart database tested and approved in accordance with the ISO 19379 standard. This is an important step towards offering high quality and certified vector chart data for ECS and ECDIS use and the ISO certification is for its CM-93/3 electronic chart database.

ISO 19379 is the international standard that specifies the requirements for ECS databases, especially as regards the elements relevant to safety of navigation, such as content, quality and updating. The standard was developed by ISO (the International Organization for Standardization), with the contribution of Hydrographic Offices, Classification Authorities, and the Marine Industry, and is being adopted by Maritime Administrations to regulate the use of ECS ? in Italy, for example, it is part of the requirements for approved Electronic Chart Systems, which can replace paper charts on certain types of crafts.

The CM-93/3 database has been certified and approved by DNV (Det Norske Veritas) after a thorough examination, which involved checking the accuracy, encoding, and updating of C-MAP electronic charts. The process by the means of which highly detailed vector charts are obtained from source paper charts, and then kept up-to-date by applying the relevant Notices to Mariners, was also inspected.

CM-93/3 is a database of approximately 20,000 electronic vector charts, with worldwide coverage, which is mostly used in ECDIS and high-performance ECS on SOLAS-class ships. It is also widely used in Vessel Traffic Control Centres and on naval vessels in both navigation and Command & Control systems.

For a SOLAS convention craft, a chart database that complies with the ISO standard may, depending on the Administration?s acceptance, be used as an additional aid in navigation in addition to official nautical charts issued or recognised by a Hydrographic office. For non-SOLAS convention crafts the chart database may be used in accordance with relevant national regulations.

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