LR: Summary Report for the IMO Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue Sub-Committee (NCSR 10)
May 19, 2023
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Lloyd's Register on 19 May 2023 published the Summary Report for the IMO Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue Sub-Committee (NCSR 10).
NCSR 10 was held from 10 - 19 May 2023.
Below are some of the changes to current requirements which were discussed at NCSR 10 and will have some impact on current practices:
NCSR 10 began the work to develop revisions to SOLAS regulation V/23 and associated instruments to improve the safety of pilot transfer arrangements. NCSR 10 agreed to amend SOLAS V/23 and develop a separate mandatory instrument which will include the fundamental provisions for design, installation, inspection, maintenance and rigging of pilot transfer arrangements. This work is expected to be finalised at NCSR 11 (June 2023).
NCSR 10 also began the work to develop performance standards for a digital navigational system (NAVDAT) which is mooted to be the successor to NAVTEX. However, NCSR 10 agreed that a cautious approach was necessary and will continue the work at NCSR 11.
NCSR 10 revised COMSAR.1/Circ.32/Rev.1 Harmonisation of GMDSS Requirements for Radio Installations on board SOLAS Shipsto take account of identified discrepancies, gaps and inconsistencies. The revised circular will be disseminated as Rev.2 and support the new requirements for the GMDSS which enter into force 1 January 2024.
The IMO Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue Sub-Committee is where all matters related to navigation and communication, search and rescue and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System are discussed.
The information in LR's NCSR 10 Summary Report is applicable to all designers, shipyards, shipowners, ships' crews, ship managers, and equipment manufacturers.
The Summary Report includes an executive summary for those requiring a general overview, and more technical information and explanations for those who would like more detail on the discussions that are expected to take place.