Ministry of Transport of Russia: 04 July 2022
From June 21-30, the 9th session of the IMO Subcommittee for Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR9) was held via videoconference. The Russian delegation took part in the session.
The Subcommittee has successfully completed work that started in 2018 to create safety requirements for vessels operating outside of the SOLAS Convention. Vessels in question include cargo ships with a gross capacity between 300 and 500, fishing vessels that are 24 meters or longer, and non-commercial pleasure yachts with a gross capacity exceeding 300.
Updates to Chapter XIV of SOLAS and the Polar Code developed, approved and scheduled for adoption during NCSR9 include requirements for navigation equipment, anti-icing measures as well as flight planning. The updates will enter into force on January 1, 2026 after their adoption by the Maritime Safety Committee. These requirements will also apply to existing vessels which undergo modification from January 1, 2027 onwards.
A lot of important steps have been taken to expand the global maritime disaster communication service. At the 106th Maritime Safety Committee, the Chinese BEIDOU navigation satellite system will be recognized as a provider of GMDSS services.
The six recommendations for solving maritime traffic, namely: traffic separation systems, recommended routes, areas to be avoided, and mandatory ship reporting systems.
As a result of the session, a draft amendment was developed to strengthen regulations. Electronic inclinometers will be mandatory on container ships and bulk carriers with gross capacities of 3000 by January 1, 2026.
The Subcommittee carried out a lot of work to make and update IMO recommendation documents that help improve navigation, communications and search and rescue.
The IMO adopted guidelines for many aspects of marine safety, including revised ECDIS operational standards. These guidelines are for the International Automated Warning System (NAVTEX), Guidelines on Preparation and Operation in Various circumstances of personal radio communication devices for emergencies, Guidelines for the Inspection and Certification of Ships’ Compliance with the requirements for the Transmission of SDR Information, Guidelines for the Dissemination of Information on the Safety of Navigation through Extended group Call services, recommendations for the harmonization of GMDSS requirements for radio stations on board ships subject to the requirements of the SOLAS Convention, and others.