Month: July 2019

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Notes on IAMSAR VOLUME III: Mobile Facilities, with updated contents

IAMSAR Volume III IAMSAR Volume III is intended to be carried aboard rescue units, aircraft and vessels to help performance of SAR duties as support members, OSC (on-scene coordinator) functions and SAR aspects involving their own emergencies. Thus it provides guidance on SAR aspects to all these three categories. Purpose of IAMSAR Vol III The …

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IMO Performance Standards for Integrated Bridge Systems (IBS) (Resolution MSC.64(67))

What is an Integrated Bridge System? An integrated bridge system (IBS) is defined as a combination of systems that are interconnected in order to allow centralized access to sensor information or command/control from workstations, with the aim of increasing safe and efficient ship’s management by suitably qualified personnel. Adopted in year The performance standards for …

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VDR and S-VDR- Requirements, Working, Benefits, Differences

VDR (Voyage Data Recorder) What is VDR? A VDR or Voyage Data Recorder is an instrument installed on a ship to continuously record critical information related to the operation of a vessel. It consists of a recording system for a period of at least the last 12 hours which is continuously overwritten by the latest …

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The IAMSAR Manual in Nutshell

An up-to-date copy of IAMSAR Manuals are required to be carried on board ship as per the requirement of SOLAS Chapter V: Safety of Navigation. International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manuals/ Volumes are jointly published by IMO and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); These three volumes IAMSAR Manual provides guidelines for …

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IMO Performance Standards for ECDIS

As per IMO Resolution A.817(19) Recommendations for IMO Performance Standards for ECDIS, adopted on 23 November 1995 A. ECDIS should be capable of displaying all SENC information.  “The System Electronic Navigational Chart (SENC) means a database resulting from the transformation of the ENC by ECDIS for appropriate use, updates to the ENC by appropriate means and …

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Nautical Publications required for Passage Planning along with their contents

Nautical Publications required for Passage Planning is required to be carried onboard ship as per the requirement of SOLAS Regulations 19, 21, 27 and Annex III List of Nautical Publications required for Passage Planning are listed below: Voyage Charts (Small Scale to Large Scale) Local passage planning charts ADMIRALTY Port Approach Guides ADMIRALTY Maritime Security Charts  Chart …

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What is ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System)?

As mentioned in Resolution A.817(19) of IMO, Performance Standards of ECDIS, “Electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) is a navigation information system which, with adequate back-up arrangements, can be accepted as complying with the up-to-date chart required by Regulation V/19 of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, by displaying selected information from a system electronic navigational …

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Preparing Vessel for a Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Survey

Inspect all the lifeboat stores and equipment. Check the expiry dates for food rations, first aid kit, anti-sickness tablets, etc. Inspect the lifeboat/ rescue boat, pay particular attention to the buoyancy material and check that the bottom boards and thwarts are not cracked, repaint the ship’s name and port of registry if required. When the …

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Contents of Bridge Procedure Guide (Contents of BPG), updated

Introduction to Bridge Procedure Guide Bridge Procedures Guide was published by International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in 1977, the intention behind the ICS has been to reflect current best navigational practice on commercial ships, operating in all sectors and trades. The Bridge Procedures Guide is generally acknowledged as the principal industry advice on safe bridge …

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