following Guidelines relate to equipment covered by Regulations
19 and 20. IMO Performance Standards for each item of equipment
covered by Regulations 19 and 20 must be complied with where specified.
The IMO Standards form an integral part of the legislation.
all ships, each item of equipment must be type approved by the
installed on or after 1 July 2002
item of equipment installed on ships on or after 1 July 2002 must
be type approved and meet the IMO Performance Standards. This
applies as follows:
All equipment installed on new ships, and
The following equipment on existing ships:
GNSS receivers (Reg.19, para. 2.1.6) - to be fitted not later
than first survey after 1 July 2002
AIS (Reg. 19, para. 2.4). - to be phased in between 1 July
2002 and 1 July 2008
VDR (Reg.20) - On all new ships and existing passenger ships.
19, para. 1.2 allows existing ships (constructed before 1 July
2002) to continue to comply with the requirements of Regulations
11, 12 and 20 of SOLAS V/74 unless they comply fully with the
new Regulation 19. The exceptions to this are GNSS receiver, AIS
and VDR equipment.
some cases where Performance Standards have been revised, existing
equipment may be allowed to comply with the older standard. The
cut-off dates are given in the table.
data recorder systems and equipment installed on UK vessels prior
to adoption of the performance standards shall be capable of recording
bridge audio, post display radar, date and time, ship's position
and heading. The recorded data to be suitably protected to maximise
the probability of survival and recovery of the final recorded
data after any incident.
recently adopted Performance standards are only valid for equipment
fitted after a given date. The relevant date is given in the table.
In such cases equipment fitted before that date must be type approved
by the Administration.
or addition of equipment
an item of equipment on an existing ship is added or replaced,
it must meet the Performance Standards as far as is reasonable
installed prior to the adoption of performance standards
MCA can exempt equipment, except for ECDIS, installed prior to
the date of the adoption of the Performance Standard from full
compliance with the standard. The relevant dates for each item
of equipment are annexed.
if it is to meet the chart carriage requirements, must comply
with the IMO Standards in effect on the date of installation or,
if installed before 1 January 1999, the Standards adopted on 23
November 1995. (See table)