The main purpose of this recommended practice is to provide a consensus of recommended practices in the unique field of marine electrical engineering as applied specifically to systems and components for ships and other marine applications, such as offshore platforms, that generate, control and distribute electric power and provide propulsion, steering and other critical ship control functions based on electric power source.These recommendations establish the minimally acceptable guidelines for the design, selection, and installation of systems and equipment aboard marine vessels applying electrical apparatus for power, propulsion, steering, navigation, lighting, and communications. These recommendations describe present-day acceptable electrical engineering methods and practices. It is recognized that changes and improvements in shipboard requirements may develop that are not specifically covered herein; such changes, if incorporated in the design, should be equal to the safety and reliability levels established herein and generally in accord with the intent of these recommendations. In developing these recommendations, consideration was given to the electrical and engineering requirements promulgated by various regulatory agencies, classification societies, and by the International Maritime Organization's International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (IMO SOLAS), as amended. This recommended practice is supplemented by the eight documents in the IEEE 45.1 through IEEE 45.8 series.
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