17 primarily addresses equipment manufacturers and those responsible
for bridge equipment installation and layout. Masters of all
ships should note the requirements of 17.3 relating to portable
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) requirements for marine
equipment are laid down in the Merchant
Shipping (Marine Equipment) Regulations 1999 no.1957 and
the Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 1992 no. 2372
which implement respectively the Marine Equipment Directive
and the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive.
Electromagnetic Compatibility standards refer to IEC 60945
must ensure 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. Masters should note
that failure to comply with this Regulation constitutes an
offence. Non-transmitting equipment displaying the European
"CE" mark will probably not cause interference.
phones, while not likely to cause electromagnetic interference,
prove to be an increasing distraction to safe navigation.
Masters are requested to ensure that the MCA guidance on the
use of mobile phones on ships' bridges contained in MGN
(M&F) 299 - Interference with Safe Navigation through
inappropriate use of Mobile Phones is complied with.