The Importance of Maintenance of Nautical Signals
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Created by the Maritime Authority, Normam-17 seeks to establish standards, procedures and instructions on navigation aids, for application in Brazilian Jurisdictional Waters.
In it are instructions to be followed for the maintenance and control of the beaconing . A maintenance routine should be followed, with deadlines established for each activity, such as:
- The painting of the floating signals every 6 months.
- The rotation and treatment of floating signals every year.
- The inspection of the floating signal rigging equipment every 6 months, and replacement every two years.
- The recovery and painting of the fixed metal signs every year, and the masonry ones every two years.
- Routines of day and night inspection, at least biweekly, to verify aspects that degrade the quality of the beaconing.
UMI SAN is concerned not only to follow the instructions of the Maritime Authorities, but also to ensure safe navigation and, consequently, to ensure the safety of the people involved and to care for the environment, avoiding possible accidents.
In cases of degradation, that are measured by the “Efficiency Index”, entail risks to the safety of navigation, human life at sea or to the pollution of waterways, agents of the Maritime Authority may propose to the Naval District Command of the area the recomendation of caution, the establishment of operational restrictions or even the banning of navigation/access channels and evolution basins of a port or terminal.
The Efficiency Index is a merit figure recommended by IALA and adopted by Brazil, used as a parameter to evaluate the speed in the reestablishment of the navigation aids in the existing beaconings in Brazilian Jurisdictional Waters.
Contribute to the degradation of the quality of maintenance of a beacon and therefore reduce its Efficiency Index, the following factors:
- Irregular positioning of the signal;
- Irregular light feature;
- The reach not in accordance with what its established in the nautical documents;
- Daytime recognition of the nautical signal impaired due to poor state of conservation, or lack of any component of its structure.
The lack of maintenance also significantly increases the risk of a float breaking. Once it breaks, there may occur, among other things:
- Significant financial impact due to the paralyzation of the maneuvers. Practitioners usually refuse to sail when the beaconing is not as planned;
Social/Financial/Media Impact: The float becomes a risk to navigation since it can be rammed by the navigator, mainly during the night and by fishing boats of wood, being able to make them wreck;
- Social/Financial/Media Impact: There may be repercussions on what happened in the news and/or in social networks.
- Negative Social/Financial Impact with the Maritime Authority that may notify the Port Authority and will begin to inspect the beaconing of the port with greater rigidity;