I-VMS for England’s under-12m fishing vessels takes a step forward.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has launched its programme to identify tracking devices that meet its technical specifications for monitoring location, speed and heading of under-12m fishing vessels.
Suppliers have been invited to submit their products and technologies for assessment so fishers will have a range of I-VMS devices to choose from before it becomes a legal requirement for them to carry a functioning monitoring unit onboard.
To support fishers in selecting a device that is suitable for their vessel, the MMO’s ‘type approval’ process is intended to bring as many suppliers into the marketplace as possible so that there’s a broad choice of products at a range of prices for fishers to choose from.
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