55th session of the IMO sub-committee on Safety of navigation
NAV55 was held at the end of July with a new Chairman, Mike Sollosi of the United States Coast Guard. The previous Chairman, Kees Polderman, who had served for 11 years stood down at the previous meeting.
Among other topics:
Changes to SOLAS were developed to introduce a new requirement for an annual test of AIS. This, if it is accepted, will come into force in 2012. Guidelines for Integrated Bridge Systems and performance standards for Bridge Alert Management were finalised and work began on revising the performance standards for VDRs to take advantage of the increased availability of memory over the past 12 years.