ICOMIA release report from the IMO’s 6th session of the sub-committee on Navigation, Communications and Search & Rescue

Published on: 07 February 2019

IMO

ICOMIA have released their report from the IMO’s 6th session of the sub-committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR). The items of interest to the leisure and superyacht industry are as follows:

Ships Routing

The sub-committee agreed to the following new routing measures:

  • The establishment of a TSS and associated routing measures in the Sunda Strait, with a view to adoption by the committee
  • The establishment of a TSS and associated routing measures in the Lombok Strait, with a view to adoption by the committee
  • The establishment of a precautionary area with recommended directions of traffic flow in the Sunda Strait, with a view to adoption by the committee
  • The establishment of two precautionary areas with recommended directions of traffic flow in the Lombok Strait, with a view to adoption by the committee

Navigation matters

The sub-committee approved the draft guidelines for the standardisation of user interface design for navigation equipment. These guidelines apply to Integrated Navigation Systems (INS), Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) and radar equipment.

Guidance on the definition and harmonisation of the format and structure of Maritime Service Portfolios (MSPs)

As part of the on-going e-navigation strategy the sub-committee progressed the work on Maritime Service Portfolios. The sub-committee approved the draft MSC resolution on Guidance on the definition and harmonisation of the format and structure of Maritime Services in the context of e-navigation.

Revision of SOLAS Chapters III and IV for Modernisation of the GMDSS System

Following on from the NCSR 5 report the sub-committee continues its work on the modernisation plan of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

The full report and its supporting documents can be downloaded by British Marine members on the website here

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