A Handy Guide to SOLAS V Regulation 17 – Electromagnetic Compatibility
After that brief pause to look at changes to MARPOL this blog now returns to exploring the regulations of SOLAS Chapter V.
What vessels must comply with Regulation 17?
Ships constructed on or after 1 July 2002
What does this regulation require regarding equipment testing of bridge equipment?
That all electrical and electronic equipment on the bridge or in the vicinity of the bridge is tested for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).
What resolution gives the requirements for Electromagnetic compatibility with navigational equipment?
What should the installation of electrical and electronic equipment avoid with regards to bridge navigation equipment?
Electromagnetic interference affecting the proper function of navigational systems and equipment. Portable electrical and electronic equipment shall not be operated on the bridge if it may affect the proper function of navigational systems and equipment.
What must masters ensure regarding portable electronic equipment being used on a ship’s bridge?
That no portable electrical or electronic equipment that might cause interference is used on or near the bridge. This includes not only ship’s equipment but also personal items such as portable radios, hi-fi equipment and lap top computers. Non-transmitting equipment displaying the European “CE” mark will probably not cause interference.
Mobile phones, while not likely to cause electromagnetic interference, prove to be an increasing distraction to safe navigation. MGN (M&F) 299 – Interference with Safe Navigation through inappropriate use of Mobile Phones is to be complied with.
For Electromagnetic Compatibility standards refer to IEC 60945