"This Circular revises Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) No. 8-01 to amend the guidance provided for a Coast Guard approval program for navigation equipment, as required under Chapter V, Regulation 18, of the 2000 amendments to the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). These changes are needed to clarify the approval process for manufacturers seeking Coast Guard approval. Additionally, it establishes a process for voyage data recorder service providers to obtain Coast Guard approval."
Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular No. 08-01, Change 1
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