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MSC.128(75) Performance Standards for a Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System (BNWAS)

Resolution MSC.128(75)

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR A BRIDGE NAVIGATIONAL WATCH ALARM SYSTEM (BNWAS)

(adopted on 21 May 2002)

 

THE MARITIME SAFETY COMMITTEE,

 

RECALLING Article 28(b) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Committee,

 

RECALLING ALSO resolution A.886(21), by which the Assembly resolved that the function of adopting performance standards and technical specifications, as well as amendments thereto shall be performed by the Maritime Safety Committee and/or the Marine Environment Protection Committee, as appropriate, on behalf of the Organization,

 

RECOGNIZING that, many operational bridge-related marine accidents could be averted if an effective and operational Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System (BNWAS) was fitted to vessels,

 

RECOGNIZING FURTHER that, by the use of a Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System (BNWAS) warnings will be given in case of the incapacity of the watchkeeping officer due to accident, sickness or in the event of a security breach, e.g. piracy and/or hijacking,

 

NOTING that the installation of such equipment is a relatively low-cost and an effective means of avoiding operational navigational accidents,

 

RECOGNIZING the need to prepare appropriate performance standards for BNWASs,

 

HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendation on the performance standards for BNWASs made by the Sub-Committee on Safety of Navigation at its forty-seventh session,

 

1. ADOPTS the Recommendation on Performance Standards for a Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System set out in the Annex to the present resolution;

 

2. RECOMMENDS Governments to ensure that BNWASs installed on or after 1 July 2003, conform to performance standards not inferior to those specified in the Annex to the present resolution.

 

ANNEX.

RECOMMENDATION ON PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR A BRIDGE NAVIGATIONAL WATCH ALARM SYSTEM

 

1. SCOPE

 

The purpose of a Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System (BNWAS) is to monitor bridge activity and detect operator disability which could lead to marine accidents. The system monitors the awareness of the Officer of the Watch (OOW) and automatically alerts the Master or another qualified OOW if for any reason the OOW becomes incapable of performing the OOW's duties. This purpose is achieved by a series of indications and alarms to alert first the


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