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ANNUAL TESTS OF VDRs SHOULD NOT BE OVERLOOKED, SAYS LR

Thursday, November 21, 2019 

Lloyd's Register has drawn attention to the recent IMO circular MSC.1/Circ.1222/Rev.1, which updates requirements for annual performance tests of voyage date recorders (VDRs) and simplified voyage data recorders (S-VDRs), as required by SOLAS Regulation V/18.8.

The revised circular also clarifies the requirements for the examination of VDR float-free capsules approved in accordance with IMO Resolution MSC.333(90).

VDRs installed on or after 1 July 2014, are required to be approved to the IMO Resolution MSC.333(90). This resolution also requires VDRs to be fitted with float-free capsules that comply with the requirements specified in Resolution A.810(19) - Performance Standards for EPIRBs.

Owners and operators need to ensure that the annual performance tests of VDRs and S-VDRs are carried out in accordance with MSC.1/Circ.1222/Rev.1. And for VDR float-free capsules approved in accordance with IMO Res. MSC.333(90), annual performance testing includes an examination according to MSC.1/Circ.1040/Rev.1 - Revised Guidelines on Annual Testing of Satellite EPIRBs.

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