This regulation requires navigational
equipment to be adequately maintained so that it meets the
functional capabilities laid down in the Chapter and the performance
standards. Regulation 16 addresses companies and equipment
manufacturers in ensuring that equipment can be properly maintained.
Masters should note their responsibilities in 16.2 should
any navigational equipment malfunction.
1 covers the Administration's role in ensuring maintenance
arrangements are in place. By this is meant that proper manuals
enabling on-board maintenance are available when appropriate
and that companies have ensured a comprehensive back-up service
including provision of both spares and maintenance engineers
by manufacturers or their agents.
IEC requires that equipment maintenance manuals should be
in English and clearly understandable by the ship's maintenance
ANNEX 7 - Equipment Manuals - IEC requirements
2 covers cases where equipment is malfunctioning. In order
to comply with the Regulation the equipment must be repaired
and the ship may be detained until it is operating correctly.
If there are no repair facilities "readily available"
in the port, the MCA may allow the ship to sail to the next
port (subject to requirements of SOLAS Chapter 1 - see 5 and
6 below) In such cases the master must take into account the
effect of the malfunction on the ship's safety and
take appropriate account of it in planning and executing
MCA's interpretation of repair facilities being "readily
available" is that no repair engineers or spares are
available locally. The decision to allow the ship to sail
would depend on the equipment involved,
the magnitude of
the malfunction and it's effect on the ship being able to
complete the voyage safely.
2 refers to section B of SOLAS Chapter I covering surveys
and certification of ships and equipment, including navigational
equipment during periodical passenger ship surveys, safety
equipment surveys and surveys of radio installations. The
repair and subsequent testing of any malfunctioning equipment
must therefore meet the requirements of SOLAS I when malfunctions
are detected during those surveys. The provisions of this
Chapter will be taken into account by the Administration in
deciding whether the ship can sail with any equipment not
is also drawn to Regulation 11 of SOLAS I which governs
the maintenance of the condition of the ship and its equipment
after survey and its provisions must be complied with in
cases where equipment is damaged or malfunctioning.