Northrop Grumman gets USCG approval on VDR testing

16 Mar 2006

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has certified Northrop Grumman Corporation as an authorized annual service provider for shipboard voyage data recorders (VDRs). The certification was awarded to Northrop Grumman?s Sperry Marine business unit which is authorized to conduct required annual performance tests on VoyageMaster VDR units. The shipboard inspections will be performed by Sperry Marine?s worldwide network of field service offices.

Under the SOLAS regulations, VDRs are currently required to be fitted on all new ships over 3,000 gross tons. A new carriage requirement, adopted last year under SOLAS, requires a simplified voyage data recorder (S-VDR) to be retrofitted on existing cargo ships over the next few years and IMO requires that shipboard VDRs and S-VDRs, including all interfaced sensors, must be inspected and recertified annually, on or before the anniversary date of the original installation. The tests must be conducted by an approved testing or servicing facility to verify the accuracy, duration and recoverability of the recorded data.

Sperry Marine has also been certified as an approved service supplier by American Bureau of Shipping, Lloyd?s Register, Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd to perform annual tests.

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