To ensure all IACS Members have uniform guidance and requirements on remote surveys, IACS considered essential to develop minimum common requirements for the implementation of remote surveys.
he significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the maritime industry resulted in an increase in the deployment of remote surveys by IACS Members. For this reason, the IACS Unified Requirement UR Z29 has been developed to deliver the core objective that a remote survey will only be appropriate when the survey is carried out without compromising the quality and results of such survey, providing the same level of assurance as those performed by a surveyor attending onboard the vessel.
IACS Unified Requirement on Remote Classification Surveys UR Z29 will enter into force on 01 January 2023. To achieve this fundamental goal, it was essential that IACS developed principles to ensure equivalency between remote survey and traditional survey by establishing a general definition, application scope, conditions and limitations of remote survey together with identification of requirements in terms of training of personnel.
Among the principles and minimum requirements contained within UR Z29 is that the eligibility of the remote survey is to be decided based on type and scope of the requested survey as detailed in the UR Z29 and, if applicable, with flag State Administration acceptance where statutory survey requirements are also involved.
With the development of this UR, IACS Members have once again demonstrated their ability to rapidly harness innovative technology and survey techniques for the benefit of the maritime industry without any reduction in the levels of quality or assurance expected of, and provided by, class surveys
stated IACS Secretary General, Robert Ashdown.
IACS will also actively participate in the upcoming discussions at IMO on incorporating Remote Survey requirements into a regulatory framework that supports new technology while strengthening maritime safety and contributing to the protection of the environment.