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Computerised vessel bridges and engine rooms are becoming more commonplace. New vessels are so equipped and more and more of the existing ships are being outfitted with the latest Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and “total concept” engine room automation systems.
All vessels built after 1 July 2002 must be fitted with Voyage Data Recorder
(VDR) and Automatic Identification System (AIS) and all tankers are required
to have an AIS transponder fitted no later than the first safety equipment survey
on or after 1 July 2003.