To provide shipowners with compliance to the latest carriage requirements for Bridge Navigation Watch Alarm Systems (BNWAS), Servowatch announces the release of it’s latest Watchkeeper Plus product. Offering full supply and installation services for newbuild and retrofit projects, Servowatch will ensure full compliance with the new IMO regulations.
BNWAS is required to be installed on all new vessels with the keel laid on or after July 1st 2011. All existing vessels will be required to retrofit the system at the first survey after the dates outlined in the regulations; all exisiting passenger vessels and cargo vessels over 3000GRT by July 1st 2012, existing cargo vessels above 500GRT to 3000GRT by July 1st 2013, and all existing cargo vessels above 150GRT to 500GRT by July 1st 2014.
Shipowners should be aware that the first survey may not happen at the same time as a dry docking and that as such owners should note that considerable work might be required for retrofitting a BNWAS which could take a vessel out of service.
As such consideration should be given to fitting the system at their vessels’ next dry docking ahead of the mandatory implementation dates and not wait for annual surveys within the compliance window.
Servowatch has the product and the manpower skills to implement the installations as quickly and smoothly as possible.