Similar to the ‘Black Box’ on airplanes, a Voyage Data Recorder is an equipment fitted onboard ships that records the various data on a ship which can be used for reconstructing the voyage details and crucial information during an accident investigation.
VDR playback has many advantages when used as an auditing tool by marine managers ashore, either as part of a larger navigation assessment process or as a stand-alone auditing tool.
The main advantage of having a VDR analysis done by a 3rd party is that Personality and bias can be removed from the assessment process and an impartial assessment of both company procedures and bridge team performance made.
In particular an effective, accurate and proper documented VDR analysis report, can be considered as very efficient tool for, ship management companies and greater attention is given to the recording and analysis of VDR information in order that undesirable events are recognized and corrective action is taken, in the following fields:
- Near misses can be detected.
- Based on near misses, procedures can be created to avoid accidents.
- Planning of training to be conducted based on near miss observation.
- Controlling of performance productivity.
- Assisting in safety improvement.
- Reduction in running costs including Fuel savings / equipment statuses etc.
Following some of the information provided after VDR analysis:
- The event for which VDR analysis is being done and background of the situation
- Event explained in detail with Screenshots and pointers for each critical explanation
- Information related to Good Practices undertaken, Near-misses occurred, and Non-Conformances occurred
- Reference of Rules & Regulations for each of the non conformity occurred during incident
- Training needs & Suggestions for good practices.