s-VDR VDR simplified voyage data recorder DATA SHEET   Right click for s-VDR  data sheet    

s-VDR VDR voyage data recorder   Right click for the questions and answers about the s-VDR 

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Type approval certificate

 Type approval certificate QQ-MED-05/06-01, USCG 165.150/EC0191/0506-01 available on request

DEFINITION: VOYAGE DATA RECORDER. A system that may be in the form of several separated but interconnected units, intended to maintain, in a secure and retrievable form, information concerning the position, movement, physical status, command and control of a vessel over a period leading up to, and following an incident. - Definition in context 

Like the “black boxes” carried on aircraft, VDRs & S-VDRs enable incident investigators to review vessel procedures and any voice recordings in the time prior to an incident and can assist in identifying its cause.

Annex 10 - Voyage Data Recorders (VDRS) 

  1. Carriage requirements 
  2. Exemptions 
  3. System Installation Test 
  4. Annual Performance Check and Certification. 
  5. IMO Guidelines on Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) Ownership and Recovery 
  6. APPENDIX - Data to be recorded 

From Maritime & Coast Guard Agency to surveyors: 

Concerning exceptions or dispensations to interfacing VDRs MUST you interface the echo sounder?

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US Coastguard


  • Cargo ships of 20,000 GRT and upwards at the first scheduled dry-docking after 1 July 2006 but not later than 1 July 2009
  • Cargo ships of 3,000 GRT and upwards but less than 20,000 GRT  at the first scheduled dry-docking after 1 July 2007 but not later than 1 July 2010
  • Cargo ships, of 3,000 GT and upwards constructed on or after July 1, 2002
  • Administrations may exempt cargo ships from the application of the requirements when such ships will be taken permanently out of service within two years after the implementation date specified above

Regulation 20 of SOLAS Chapter V on Voyage Data Recorders (VDR), required the following classes of ships to install VDRs by the stated installation dates:

  • Passenger ships constructed on or after July 1, 2002
  • Ro-ro passenger ships constructed before July 1, 2002 - not later than the first survey on or after July 1, 2002;
  • Passenger ships other then ro-ro ships constructed before July 1, 2002 - not later than January 2004

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