“I am privileged to play a role in creating these new standards, which will allow mariners to do a better job, which is the main focus of the IMO’s BAM Performance Standard. And as a former seafarer I hope I can add value by sharing my insight into the practical issues on board a ship. The BAM standards will bring ‘peace and quiet’ to the bridge – alerts will only attract attention in proportion to their level of importance. There will also be a harmonisation of alerts between equipment brands, making it easier for the operators.”
Given the deadline, whereby the new standards’ draft has to be ready by end-October 2017, Steven aims to push on. “My job is to ensure that the international test standard for BAM is in place on time. This is quite a challenge given that the test standard proved to be far more complex than originally anticipated!” Ultimately, the standard is scheduled for publication in the fourth quarter 2018.
He adds that even though these standards apply to bridge equipment at the moment, he fully expects them to be extended to other areas such as engine room automation.
Steven has been with RH Marine since 2000, where he also held the positions of Product Manager ECDIS and assistant Product Manager UniMACS® Digital Bridge Systems.