e-Navigation

e-Navigation

The IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its 81st session decided to include, in the work programmes of the NAV and Radio communications and Search and Rescue (COMSAR) Sub-Committees, a high priority item on "Development of an e-navigation strategy".

The aim is to develop a strategic vision for e-navigation, to integrate existing and new navigational tools, in particular electronic tools, in an all-embracing system that will contribute to enhanced navigational safety while simultaneously reducing the burden on the navigator.

e-Navigation

E-navigation would incorporate new technologies in a structured way and ensure that their use is compliant with the various navigational communication technologies and services that are already available, providing an overarching, accurate, secure and cost-effective system with the potential to provide global coverage for ships of all size.

As the basic technology for such an innovative step is already available, the challenge lies in ensuring the availability of all the other components of the system, including electronic navigational charts, and in using it effectively in order to simplify, to the benefit of the mariner.