Martek: “BNWAS Password Protection is Essential”
The recent announcement that the grounding of MV Danio on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast on March 16 was due to the ship’s Bridge Navigation Watch Alarm System (BNWAS) being switched off has been highlighted by Martek as yet another example of the need for password protection on BNWAS. Martek pointed out that the IMO’s BNWAS performance standards set out in MSC.128(75) state that “the means of selecting the Operational Mode and the duration of the Dormant Period (Td) should be security protected so that access to these controls should be restricted to the Master only.” Most manufacturers include a physical key to lock the system. Unfortunately, this does not address the need for the controls to be restricted to the master only since any crew member is able to remove the key and take the BNWAS out of operational mode.
(As published in the November 2013 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News - www.marinelink.com)