Arcadia Shipmanagement is collaborating with Transas Hellas to complete the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) programme, which it started in early 2006, to install Transas dual ECDIS on its entire fleet.
Under the new deal, the company expects to shift its fleet to paperless navigation and upgrade the dual ECDIS installed on the vessels.
The move will help Arcadia exceed the new carriage requirement by installing official charts, Transas precise navigation tools and a chart handling system.
By the end of February 2013, the company will shift its first vessel, Aegean Dignity, to paperless navigation, while the complete programme is due to progress at a pace of one vessel per month.
The deal will also see the DNV-certified Arcadia maritime training centre upgraded to meet the new STCW 2010 training standards in line with the Manila amendments.
The centre currently features the Transas Bridge, engine room, GMDSS and Liquid Cargo handling simulators.
All the features in the centre provide Arcadia’s crews with improved training and familiarisation courses on professional requirements, such as the application of ECDIS Type-Specific Training for Bridge Officers.
Arcadia managing director Dimitrios Matthaiou said competency in the use of ECDIS is essential for maritime safety.
"ECDIS is a cost-effective risk control option for vessels, with a significant potential to save lives by reducing the frequency of collision and grounding," Matthaiou said.
Image: Arcadia will complete the installation of Transas dual ECDIS on its fleet, shifting all vessels to paperless navigation. Photo: Transas.