MPD now installing BNWAS systems
The minimum requirement for a BNWAS under International Maritime Organization standards is to have a dormant stage and three alarm stages, except that on a non-passenger vessel, the second stage may be omitted. BNWAS is automatically engaged when the ship’s autopilot is activated.
Stage 1: When the autopilot is engaged, the bridge officer is required to signal his presence to the BNWAS system every 3 to 12 minutes in response to a flashing light, either by moving an arm in front of a motion sensor, pressing a confirmation button, or directly applying pressure to the BNWAS centre.
Stage 2: When a confirmation signal fails to occur within 15 seconds in Stage 1, an alarm will sound on the bridge, and if there is still no confirmation signal after a further 15 seconds, in the captain’s and the first officer’s cabins. One of them must then go to the bridge and cancel the alarm.
Stage 3: If neither the captain nor the first officer cancels the alarm within a specified time period (between 90 seconds and 3 minutes depending on the size of the vessel), an alarm will sound in locations where other personnel are usually available.
July 2011: new vessels in excess of 150 tonnes
July 2011: all passenger vessels
July 2012: all vessels in excess of 3,000 tonnes
July 2013: all vessels between 500 and 3,000 tonnes
July 2014: all vessels between 150 and 500 tonnes
Melita Power Diesel Ltd is now installing BNWAS under its standard terms and conditions