Two IEC technical committees (TCs) are dedicated to preparing international standards for the maritime industry.
In agreement with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), IEC TC 80 has taken on the role of developing international standards for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), an internationally agreed set of safety procedures and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue ships in distress. The TC prepares the IEC 61097 GMDSS series of standards relating to the various components of ship safety systems.
IEC TC 18 also cooperates with IMO where electrical systems on board ships are concerned. It publishes international standards in line with the International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), an international maritime treaty which sets minimum safety standards in the construction, equipment and operation of merchant ships.
The IEC 60092 series, applicable to all electrical installations on board ships, are employed worldwide by naval architects, marine engineering design and consulting companies, ship and offshore unit builders, cable and electrical equipment manufacturers, installers, classification bodies, test houses, ship owners, operators and national and international authorities.
Many other IEC TCs develop international standards which are relevant to the maritime industry and help it plan a greener, safer, more secure and cost-efficient future. IEC also administers four conformity assessment (CA) systems that certify that components, equipment, installations and systems used in the maritime industry conform to the specifications outlined in its international standards.
From artificial intelligence (AI) to the Internet of Things (IoT) and from energy efficient technologies to increased digitization and cyber security, IEC work is essential in laying the groundwork for the shipping industry to continue to prosper alongside the demands of our time.
IEC plays a key role in ensuring that the increasingly complex electrical and electronic devices used for shipping work together safely, efficiently and have a limited impact on the environment. IEC Standards also pave the way for new technologies to be used by the shipping industry, in a way that will prepare it to meet future challenges head on.
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