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Voyage Data Recorder and Claims

London P&I Club says that operation of VDR on entered ships is generally well understood The Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) is now an established item of bridge equipment. TheLondon P&I Club's Ship Inspection Programme results in this area would confirm that theoperation of these units on entered ships is generally well understood. However, there are instances where the Master of anentered ship has failed to perform the steps required topreserve VDR data in the event of an incident; or failed torecognise circumstances in which VDR data (particularlyvoice traffic on VHF and on the bridge) may be veryvaluable in the defence of a claim.In a first example, a ship heading into port was presentedwith a 'head-on' situation as described in Rule 14 of theInternational Rules for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea.Though a departure from the 'Rules', a deal was struck onthe VHF between the two ships. Due to the location of theentered ship's intended berth, an alteration of course toport was to occur. Both ships subsequently collided,resulting in a considerable claim upon the Club.The Master did not save the VDR data - it is presumedbecause the data could be incriminating and used againsthim. Unfortunately, while the same information was notlikely ...

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Revised performance standards for Voyage Data Recorders to enter into force on July

LR Statutory Alert Lloyd's Register has issued Statutory Alert regarding the revisions to the Performance Standards for Shipborne Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) that will be implemented from 1 July, 2014. The performance standards were originally adopted by IMO Resolution A.861 (20), amended by MSC 214(81), and revised through Resolution MSC 333 (90). The changes to the standards have been made to incorporate new technology and lessons learned from past casualty analysis.The main changes are as follows: Systems should include functions to perform a performance test.Operational requirements for float-free and long-term recording media have been added.The time for which all stored data items are retained has been extended to at least 30 days/720 hours on the long-term recording medium and at least 48 hours on the fixed and float-free recording media.The data to be recorded now includes: bridge audio - several channelsthe electronic signals of the main displays of both ship's radar installationsthe electronic signals of the ECDIS displaythe status of all mandatory alarms (refer to Resolution A.1021(26), Code on Alerts and Indicators, 2009, table 10.1.1.)rudder - the power units in useengine order and response - an indication of the control station in useall AIS datarolling motionthe VDR's configuration datathe electronic ...

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Guidlines on Voyage Data Recorder, SVDR and Casualty Investigations

Marine Operations Note 2/2011 by the Republic of Liberia The MSC/Circ.1024 provides guidelines on the ownership and recovery of VDR / SVDR data. The shipowner is the owner of the VDR / SVDR and its information at all times and in the event of a casualty it is the responsibility of the shipowner to ensure timely preservation and collection of VDR / SVDR data.The procedures for preservation of the VDR data should be included in the vessels SMS and Masters should be familiar with the operation of the specific VDR / SVDR model installed on their vessel.For more detalis, click hereSource: Republic of Liberia

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