Ortakoy Shipping Inc. desire to respond much better to customer needs has resulted in certification to carry out an Annual Performance Test (APT) for many brands’ (Simplified) Voyage Data Recorder systems (S)VDR. The purpose of these tests is fairly simple: to determine that a VDR or (S)VDR is fully operational, as defined in the manufacturers’ specifications.

The mandatory regulations are contained in chapter V on Safety of Navigation of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS). Like the black boxes carried on aircraft, VDRs enable accident investigators to review procedures and instructions in the moments before an incident and help to identify the cause of any accident.