IMO Sub-Committee on NCSR, from 30 June to 4 July 2014
The IMO’s Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications, Search & Rescue (NCSR) held its 1st Session (NCSR1), following re-organisation of the IMO Sub-Committee structure, from Monday 30 June through Friday 4 July 2014.
Regarding e-navigation strategy, there were 4 major submissions:
- NCSR 1/9 and NCSR 1/9/1 (NORWAY) containing the report of the CG on e-navigation along with a draft SIP and four related draft guidelines;
- NCSR 1/9/2 (GERMANY) commenting on 1/9; and
- NCSR 1/9/3 (CIRM) also commenting on 1/9 and proposing the removal of reference to the development of S-Mode from the SIP.
An additional seven INF papers were also submitted.
During consideration of the draft SIP, views were expressed that IMO should continue to lead this work in order to ensure structured and coordinated global implementation, also that a project management approach should be adopted.
GERMANY agreed to consider the proposals in NCSR 1/9/2 under a different agenda item whilst CIRM’s recommendation to delete references to S-Mode from the SIP in NCSR 1/9/3, was roundly opposed by a majority of delegations.
The Sub-Committee finalised the SIP for MSC approval and endorsed NORWAY’S draft Guidelines in Harmonistation of test beds reporting. Further, it agreed to establish a CG on Harmonisation of Guidelines related to e-navigation as coordinated by AUSTRALIA. The CG was instructed to consolidate the draft Guidelines on: Human Centred Design (HCD); Usability Testing, Evaluation and Assessment (UTEA); also Software quality assurance (SQA) into a single and harmonised guideline. Human element aspects generating specific questions will be addressed to HTW2 and a final report submitted to NCSR2.
For more information on IMO Sub-Committee outcome, please read the following SAFETY4SEA article