The 4th session of IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) - will be held from 6 to 10 March 2017 in London. BIMCO will attend the meeting.
The NCSR considers technical and operational matters related to the obligations of governments and operational measures related to safety of navigation on board ships. It covers a large number of items such as hydrographic and meteorological and other services provided from shore; ships' routeing; operational requirements and guidelines relating to navigational safety and associated carriage requirements; performance standards and operational guidelines for the use of shipborne navigational equipment; obligations of governments and operational measures related to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS); operational requirements and guidelines relating to radio communications and search and rescue.
The agenda is extensive and mainly concentrates around two items: modernisation of GMDSS and e-navigation.
The work on the GMDSS requirements aims to simplify, modernise, harmonise and integrate radio communication functions with relevant navigational functions, in line with e-Navigation principles. The e-Navigation Strategy Implementation Plan (SIP), which was approved by in November 2014, contains a list of tasks required to be developed:
The agenda for NSCR 4 includes the following important items:
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