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To ensure Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) communication capability, the IMO has issued MSC.1/Circ.1460 Guidance on the validity of radio communications equipment installed and used on ships requiring that high frequency (HF) radio communication equipment capable of operating narrow-band direct printing (NBPD) is updated.
Following the first radio survey after 1 January, 2024 NBPD must meet the channeling arrangements reflected in sections II and III of part B in appendix 17 of the 2012 Radio Regulations. HF NBPD is also known as HF direct-printing telegraphy.
On 14 December 2015 IMO has published Resolution A. 1106 (29) that has revoked resolution A. 917 (22) as amended by resolution A. 956 (23). This new resolution has affected SOLAS Regulations V/11, V/12 and V/19 as applicable.
In accordance with IMO/MSC latest regulations MSC.333(90) adopted and full in place since July 1st 2014, ANY new OR retrofit Voyage Data Recorder system installation has been effected accordingly. Four (4) are the major NEW requirements that have to be met resulting higher specifications and increase on VDR hardware.
- 1) Fixed Capsule containing last 48 hours instead of 12 hours today.
- 2) Free-floating capsule, in addition to the Fixed Capsule, containing last 48 hours instead of 12 hours today.
- 3) Long-term medium device containing last 30 days.
- 4) Four (4) video inputs to connect both Radars and both ECDIS.
New ECDIS standards
Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine works with the IHO, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other bodies to ensure navigational safety for the maritime industry. We are now updating some of our products, following the International Hydrographic Organization’s (IHO) revision of some of its ECDIS-related standards in the IHO Presentation Library.
By 31st of July 2016 the 12 month transition period from current editions of S-52 and S-64 Charts will end as the new editions are already in force as of 01st of August 2015. A number of changes reflecting lessons learned from earlier reports of unexpected charts behaviours in some ECDIS are now included.
A recent press release from a P&I Club, has called for greater familiarization, by ship’s officers and crew with the testing equipment related to the Voyage Data Recorder. In two cases the VDR data have been retrieved and analysed for investigation purposes, however, its was apparent that certain required sensors were not feeding data to the VDR unit at the time of the incident. SOLAS Chapter 5 Regulation 18 stipulates that VDR systems, including all sensors, should be subjected to an annual performance test (APT). Such tests should be conducted by an approved testing or servicing facility to verify the accuracy, duration and recoverability of recorded data for the issuance of Certificate of Compliance (COC).
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