SOLAS V and the recording of Navigational events

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Another of the SOLAS regulations looked at in this post, this time it’s the recording of Navigation events.

What SOLAS V Regulation covers the recording of Navigation events?

Regulation 28- Recording of Navigational Events

This contains two requirements

  • Need to record
  • Need to report

Click here for Regulation 28 and the related UK MCA guidance>

What is the requirement to record navigational activities?

All ships engaged on international voyages shall keep on board a record of navigational activities and incidents which are of importance to safety of navigation.

How much detail must be contained in navigational records?

Sufficient detail to restore a complete record of the voyage.

Does the navigational information have to be kept in a log book?

No, it may be maintained in another formapproved by the Flag state.

The UK MCA-Guidance is that:

  • It must be possible to reconstruct the ship’s track throughout the voyage;
  • That records retained for 12 months should provide sufficient detail to reconstruct any voyage during that period;
  • Courses and positions on all navigational charts should be retained until the voyage is completed.
  • Details to enter in the log book:



Times of alteration of course and or speed

Other relevant details

Daily reports

What daily reports need to be made?

Each ship of 500 gross tonnage and above, engaged on international voyages exceeding 48 hours shall submit a daily report to its company. The company shall retain the reports for the duration of the voyage.

How can the daily reports be made?

By any means, as long as they are transmitted to as soon as practicable after determination of the position named in the report.

Automated reporting systems may be used, provided that:

  • They include a recording function of their transmission;
  • That those functions and interfaces with position-fixing equipment are subjected to regular verification by the ship’s master.

What should the daily report contain?

  • Position;
  • Course and speed;
  • Details of any external or internal conditions that are affecting the ship’s voyage or the normal safe operation of the ship.

This information should be saved electronically when ECDIS is used.

Click here for more guidance on the recording of Navigational events>

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