The 4th session of the Sub-Committee of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) was held in London in the period 6-10 March 2017. A Polish representative to this Sub-Committee was the Dean of the Faculty of Navigation, Paweł Zalewski, PhD, Eng., Professor of MUS.

The NCSR Committee is engaged in work on amendments to SOLAS and resolutions concerning navigation systems and devices, GMDSS, SAR as well as approval of ships' routes, traffic separation schemes (TSS), ship reporting systems, areas to be avoided and precautionary areas.

During the fourth session of NCSR, the Committee was involved in:

  1. establishment of new routes in Japan, Great Britain and the coast of Costa Rica as well as the area to be avoided in the Sulu Sea in Philippines,
  2. updates of the LRIT system,
  3. development of guidelines concerning processing of ship PNT data,
  4. development of guidelines for the INS related to harmonisation of the bridge design and displaying of information as well as imaging of navigation information received by communication devices,
  5. amendment of guidelines and criteria for ships' reporting systems,
  6. development of operation standards for ship GMDSS equipment permitting the inclusion of additional GMDSS satellite service operators (due to Iridium system operator,
  7. the plan for modernisation of GMDSS and MSI guidelines,
  8. the review of chapter IV of SOLACE with a view to recognising additional GMDSS satellite service operators,
  9. amendment of the recommendations concerning digital selective calling (DSC),
  10. implementation of the integrated VHF data exchange system (VDES),
  11. identification and categorisation of autonomous maritime radio devices (AMRD),
  12. development of the SAR maritime services and amendment of the operation standards for 406MHz radio beacons (res. A.810(19)) with a view to including Cospas-Sarsat MEOSAR and EPIRB radio beacons of the second generation,
  13. harmonisation of air and maritime procedures for searching and rescue including SAR training issues (Finnish TRIAGE method was presented),
  14. amendments to IAMSAR manual,
  15. approval of the unified interpretation of IACS concerning placement of side lights,
  16. preparation of the final report for the 98th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC).

As a part of point 4) in the IMO forum, the information document was presented, which was developed by the marine traffic engineering team of the Faculty of Navigation of the Maritime University of Szczecin in cooperation with the German DLR Space Centre entitled  „Report on EGNOS application as effective augmentation system for marine positioning in inland and pilot navigation”. The presented analysis of using GNSS credibility data from EGNOS system was received by the NCSR with appreciation, which was emphasised in the report for MSC. The research conducted at the Faculty also resulted in inclusion of the graphic horizontal presentation of accuracy, credibility and status of positioning data in the developed Guidelines for shipborne Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) data processing.

Photo 1 – the plenary session of the NCSR 4 Sub-Committee

Photo 2 – Polish delegation in IMO