What tests must a VDR undergo on board, and what VDR documentation must be carried on board?

The VDR system, including all sensors, must be subjected to an annual performance test conducted by an approved testing or servicing facility to verify the accuracy, duration and recoverability of the recorded data. In addition, tests and inspections must be conducted to determine the serviceability of all protective enclosures and devices fitted to aid location. A copy of the Certificate of Compliance issued by the testing facility must be retained on board the ship.

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In which document does the MCA publish the statutory requirements for the carriage of charts and nautical publications by UK ships?

Are there any other circumstances in which ships may be exempted from the requirement to have a VDR?