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Reference EN 61996-1:2013
Title Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems - Shipborne voyage data recorder (VDR) - Part 1: Performance requirements, methods of testing and required test results
Project Number 24276
Abstract/Scope IEC 61996-1:2013(E) specifies the minimum performance requirements, technical characteristics, methods of testing and required test results, for shipborne voyage data recorder (VDR) installations as required by Chapter V of the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), as amended. It takes account of IMO resolution A.694(17) and is associated with IEC 60945. When a requirement in this standard is different from IEC 60945, the requirement in this standard takes precedence. This standard incorporates the applicable parts of the performance standards included in IMO Resolution MSC.333(90). This edition includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the previous edition. a) The description of the protective capsule in 4.3.4 has been changed in line with the requirements of the new IMO performance standards given in Resolution MSC.333(90) which now require a final recording medium comprising three parts; fixed, float-free and long-term. b) A new requirement for a performance test has been added in 4.3.6. c) Further data items to be recorded have been added to 4.6 for ECDIS, AIS, rolling motion and electronic logbooks. d) Clause 5 contains new technical requirements for configuration data, operational performance test and bridge alert management system. In addition, further technical requirements have been added to 5.6 for bridge audio and to 5.8 for radar and ECDIS images. e) References to 'alarm' requirements in the previous edition have been substituted by references to 'cautions' in line with current IMO recommendations. The test methods in Clause 6 have been updated to reflect the new requirements. f) New Annexes E, F and G concerning protocols for interfacing images using a Local Area Network have been added.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2013-07-26
Current Stage code deadline 2014-03-27
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IEC Technical Body IEC/TC 80
Reference Document IEC 61996-1:2013 (EQV) + corrigendum Feb. 2014 (EQV)
ICS 47.020.70 - Navigation and control equipment
Keywords Maritime; Navigation; Radiocommunication; Shipborne; Voyage data recorder
Note Supersedes EN 61996-1:2008*2013-06-10: Publication allocated to
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6060 2013-07-26 2014-03-27 export to doc file  EN  DE
5099 2013-06-27 2013-07-25  
5060 2013-04-22 2013-05-13 export to doc file  EN
5020 2013-02-15 2013-04-19  
3090 2013-02-12 2013-02-15  
5060 2012-11-19 2012-12-10 export to doc file  EN
5020 2012-06-15 2012-11-16  
1090 2012-06-12 2012-06-15  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2013-06-27
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2013-07-26
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2013-09-27
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2014-03-27
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2016-06-27


Supersedes EN 61996-1:2008
Superseded by  
Normative reference (6) IMO A.658
IMO A.662
IMO Resolution A.694 (17)
EN 60068-2-27:2009
EN 60268-16
EN 60945
IEC 61097-2
IEC 61097-7:1996
EN 61162 series
EN 61162-450:2011
EN 61174
EN 61260:1995
EN 61672-1:2003
EN 62388:2008
SAE AS8045A:2011

IMO MSC.333(90):2012
EUROCAE ED-112:2003

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