In demonstrating its ongoing commitment to support the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and within its remit as the Organization’s principal technical advisor, IACS will participate in the ninth session of the IMO’s Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR 9) which will meet from 21 to 30 June 2022.

IACS has submitted paper NCSR 9/19/1 which considers SOLAS regulation V/22 (requirements for navigation bridge visibility), specifically paragraphs 1.2 providing the provisions for blind sectors caused by cargo, cargo gear and other obstructions outside of the wheelhouse forward of the beam obstructing the “view of the sea surface” as seen from the conning positions.  IACS considers that "the view of the sea surface" (SOLAS regulation V/22.1.1) outside of the range forward of the bow to 10° on either side from the main conning position and obstructions, which cause blind sectors within that range, are open to interpretation and proposes a unified interpretation of SOLAS regulation V/22 in respect of "the view of the sea surface".  

IACS will also provide advice and comments to the Sub-Committee under agenda item 12 (Response to matters related to the ITU-R Study Groups and ITU World), item 16 (Revision of ECDIS Guidance for good practice (MSC.1/Circ.1503/Rev.1) and amendments to ECDIS performance standards) and item 18 (Development of SOLAS amendments for mandatory carriage of electronic inclinometers on container ships and bulk carriers).

Any enquiries on the above should be sent to Mr Konstantin Petrov, IACS Accredited Representative to IMO, at arimo@iacs.org.uk.


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