The VDR system is a marine black box that holds crucial information regarding the safety of ships and their crews. The device can be used to monitor performance, track the causes of accidents as well as incidents, and train personnel. VDRs also enable fleet managers to examine patterns in the performance of a ship or across a fleet to pinpoint areas for improvement. For many years airlines have utilized Flight Data Recorders (FDRs), and their analysis has reduced the number of accidents.

The basic design of a vessel’s VDR system is typically two-part; an acquisition unit for data that collects information from sensors and bridge equipment and an external storage medium which can be either fixed or floating. Consilium is the manufacturer of a Type Approved Simplified VDR (S-VDR) and claims that its devices have no moving parts and can be fitted to a wide range of vessel sizes with minimum disruption. The S-VDR comes with an internal memory capsule that documents the 12 hours of data required by law. It can be augmented with a removable option, which can store up to 96 hours of data.

When selecting a vdr, make sure that the system allows for multiple devices such as mobile phones and tablet computers. It should offer an experience that is consistent and is easy to use across all devices. A reputable service should provide 24/7/365 access to training materials and support. Find a security feature that offers advanced encryption and virus scanning. You should be able to check whether the company meets third-party standards regarding the protection of uploaded files.