An Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) is a geographic information system used for nautical navigation that complies with International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations as an alternative to paper nautical charts. IMO refers to similar systems not meeting the regulations as Electronic Chart Systems (ECSs).[1]

An ECDIS system displays the information from Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC) or Digital Nautical Charts (DNC) and integrates position information from position, heading and speed through water reference systems and optionally other navigational sensors. Other sensors which could interface with an ECDIS are radar, Navtex, Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), and depth sounders.

Kelvin Hughes


Designed for ease of operation the Kelvin Hughes Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) provides the operator with an intuitive and clear display of relevant information. This advanced decision making tool enhances safety and efficiency at sea. The Kelvin Hughes range of displays are Type Approved and designed with multifunction and flexibility in mind. Providing a platform for ECDIS compliance, a route to paperless navigation as well as options to operate as a radar and chart radar, a single workstation can be a dedicated ECDIS or operate as a wider integrated bridge or navigator's workstation.

The IMO amendment to SOLAS in 2009 means that all large passenger, tanker and cargo ships will be obliged to fit ECDIS on a rolling timetable that began in July 2012. All ships carrying ECDIS will also be required to train their navigation crew in the correct and safe use of ECDIS.

A complete package from Kelvin Hughes removes the complexity of multi-sourcing hardware and Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs). Kelvin Hughes with its global service capability will manage both equipment and data to ensure that your vessels are always kept legal and safe. A Kelvin Hughes ECDIS solution can be tailored to individual customer requirements and can range from the supply of a single piece of ECDIS hardware through to a complete package.

Lilley & Gillie

In 1812, John Lilley, aged 24, founded John Lilley and Son in London. John Lilley is recorded as being an optician and the company manufactured nautical instruments, magnetic compasses, sextants and telescopes. In 1885 John Wilson Gillie founded Wilson & Gillie in North Shields as Admiralty chart agents and magnetic compass and nautical instrument makers. Over the years John Wilson Gillie patented many improvements to the magnetic compass and binnacle.

In 1913 the two companies merged, and in 1943 were renamed as John Lilley & Gillie Ltd. After over 200 years in business, John Lilley & Gillie Ltd have consolidated our position as the UK’s pre-eminent manufacturer of magnetic compass outfits. We have moved into larger, more modern warehouse and office premises to better serve our international customer base.

On the 2nd of July 2012 to mark our bicentenary we had the very great honour of hosting a visit to our North Shields head office from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. Her Royal Highness toured our premises accompanied by Glenn Heathcote, our Managing Director, and met with a wide variety of our staff, including our Chairman and our Chief Executive, (and other main Board Directors), team members from our equipment warehouse, our magnetic compass testing/calibration technicians, sales and sales administration staff, electronic equipment service engineers and our IT departments.

During her tour Her Royal Highness saw demonstrations of our latest, state of the art, fully Type Approved electronic navigation equipment, including our NAVMASTER Electronic Chart Display Information System, (ECDIS), our Bridge Navigation Watch Alarm System, (BNWAS) and our new Intelligent Wind Alarm System, (IWAS). She also saw a prototype of our brand new SESTREL NAVIGATOR compass, which is soon to begin Type Approval testing.