SOLAS Ch V - Regulations
1. Application
2. Definitions
3. Exemptions & Equivalents
4. Navigation Warnings
5. Meteorological Services & Warnings
6. Ice Patrol Services
7. Search & Rescue Services
8. Life-Saving Signals
9. Hydrographic Services
10. Ship's Routeing
11. Ship Reporting Systems
12. Vessel Traffic Services
13. Aids to Navigation
14. Ships' Manning
15. Bridge Design
16. Maintenance of Equipment
17. Electromagnetic Compatibility
18. Navigational Systems & Voyage Data Recorder
19. Shipborne Navigation Systems
20. Voyage Data Recorders
21. International Code of Signals
22. Navigation Bridge Visibility
23. Pilot Transfer Arrangements
24. Use of Heading/Track Control Systems
25. Electrical Power
26. Steering Gear
27. Charts & Nautical Publications
28. Records of Navigational Activities & Daily Reporting
29. Distress Signals
30. Operational Limitations
31. Danger Messages
32. Information Required in Danger Messages:
33. Distress Situations
34. Safe Navigation
34-1 Master's Discretion
35. Misuse of Distress Signals
Regulation Appendix
A1. Categories of Waters & Classes of Ships
A2. Table of Requirements for Ships
A3. Nautical Charts & Publications
A4. WMO Maritime Services
A5. Routeing Systems
A6. Safe Manning
A7. Equipment Manuals
A8. Performance Standards & Type Approval
A9. Performance Standards for Navigational Equipment
A10. Voyage Data Recorders
A11. Navigation Equipment - New Ships
A12. Navigation Equipment - Existing Ships
A13. Magnetic Compass
A14. Electronic Charts
A15. Radar Reflectors
A16. Radar Equipment
A17. Automatic Identification Systems
A18. Steering Gear, Heading & Track Control Systems
A19. High Speed Craft Code
A20. Inspection & Survey of Navigational Equipment
A21. Pilot Transfer Arrangements
A22. Recording of Navigational Events
A23. Passenger Ship Operational Limitations
A24. Voyage Planning
A25. Guidelines for Voyage Planning
Annex 8 - Performance Standards and Type Approval

The 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.

On all ships, each item of equipment must be type approved by the Administration.

Equipment installed on or after 1 July 2002

Every 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:

1.) All equipment installed on new ships, and
The following equipment on existing ships:

2.) GNSS receivers (Reg.19, para. 2.1.6) - to be fitted not later than first survey after 1 July 2002

3.) AIS (Reg. 19, para. 2.4). - to be phased in between 1 July 2002 and 1 July 2008

4.) VDR (Reg.20) - On all new ships and existing passenger ships.

Existing ships

Regulation 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.

Existing equipment

In 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.

Voyage data recorders

Voyage 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.

New Standards

Some 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.

Replacement or addition of equipment

When an item of equipment on an existing ship is added or replaced, it must meet the Performance Standards as far as is reasonable and practicable.

Equipment installed prior to the adoption of performance standards

The 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.

ECDIS, 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)

Associated Documents

Regulation 18 - Navigation systems and voyage data recorders

ANNEX 9 - IMO Performance Standards for Navigational Equipment

ANNEX 10 -Voyage Data Recorders

ANNEX 11 - Navigational Equipment - New Ships

ANNEX 12 - Navigational Equipment - Existing Ships


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