In demonstrating its ongoing commitment to support the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), IACS will attend the next meeting of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR 6) that will meet from Wednesday, 16 to Friday, 25 January 2019. IACS in its role as the IMO’s principal technical advisor will contribute to the discussions at NCSR 6; informing and facilitating the decisions that will be taken by the Member States.

IACS has submitted 2 papers to this meeting on the following issues:

  • A draft unified interpretation concerning the requirements in chapter 10 of part I-A of the Polar Code, regarding the communication equipment in survival craft and rescue boats that is intended to operate in low air temperatures (NCSR 6/19)
  • Identification of apparent gaps in MSC.1/Circ.1040/Rev.1 regarding the testing of the float-free recording medium capsule in voyage data recorder systems as per resolution MSC.333(90). IACS also proposes consequential amendments to MSC.1/Circ.1222 (Guidelines on annual testing of voyage data recorders (VDR) and simplified voyage data recorders (S-VDR)) (NCSR 6/22/1)

IACS will also provide advice and comments to the Sub-Committee, and contribute to the discussions on matters related to:

  • The draft general guidance for navigation and communication equipment intended for use on ships operating in polar waters.
  • The revision of SOLAS Chapters III and IV for modernization of the global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS), including related and consequential amendments to other existing instruments.

Any enquiries on the above should be sent to Paul Sadler, IACS Accredited Representative to IMO, at permsec@iacs.org.uk

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