This web page allows mariners to check that their ECDIS meets the applicable IHO standards.  IMO’s “ECDIS – Guidance For Good Practice” published in MSC.1/Circ.1503 states  that, for a ship to use ECDIS to meet the chart carriage requirements of SOLAS, the ECDIS must be maintained to be compliant with the applicable International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) standards.

A list of current IHO Standards in force is maintained on the IHO website at the page

It should be noted that the IHO withdraws the previous versions of S-52, the S-52 Presentation Library, and S-64 on 31st August 2017.  All VisionMaster ECDIS must be updated by that date to version 9.0 or later software in order to continue to meet the chart carriage requirements.


VisionMaster software version 9.0

IMO MSC.232(82)

December 2005

Revised Performance Standards for ECDIS

IHO S-57

Edition 3.1 (November 2000)

Transfer Standard for Digital Hydrographic Data

IHO S-52

Edition 6.1.1 (October 2014)

Chart Content and Display Aspects of ECDIS

IHO S-52 PresLib

Edition 4.0.1 (October 2014)

Presentation Library for ECDIS. Annex A to S-52

IHO S-63

Edition 1.2.0 (January 2015)

Data Protection Scheme

IHO S-64

Edition 3.0.1 (June 2015)

Test Data Sets for ECDIS

IHO S-61

Edition 1.0 (January 1999)

Product specification for Raster Navigational Chart (RNC)


VisionMaster FT software version 9.0 is fully compliant with the latest IMO and IHO standards. VisionMaster type approval certificates are available here. For further questions regarding upgrading your VisionMaster FT ECDIS please contact us.