>IMO to Require Bridge Watch Alarm Systems


New IMO regulations, implemented through the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), will soon require the carriage of a Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System (BNWAS) on most ocean going vessels. Under the terms of the amendments to SOLAS Chapter V, regulation 19, adopted with Resolution MSC.282(86), new cargo ships over 150 gross tons and all new passenger ships of any size constructed after July 1, 2011, will have to be equipped with a BNWAS.

Implementation will then be phased in, making BNWAS mandatory on existing tonnage over the following three years.  All existing passenger ships and cargo vessels over 3000 gross tons have to be equipped not later than the first special survey after July 1, 2012, and all existing cargo ships over 500 gross tons by the first survey after July 1, 2013.  The final category of vessels, cargo ships over 150 gross tons, will have to comply by July 1, 2014.

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