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MARITIME SURVEILLANCE – Capt. Sanjiv Wagh

The importance of Maritime Surveillance was starkly brought into focus by the 26/11/2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Since then, a number of measures have been undertaken to secure our coast line. However, much remains to be done to have a truly comprehensive maritime surveillance system. The primary aim of a Maritime surveillance system is to improve […]

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Planning NAVTEX Services

When planning NAVTEX services, Administrations should obtain guidance at an early stage from IMO, through its NAVTEX Coordinating Panel. This may be particularly important when installation of new stations and/or purchase of new equipment is under consideration.    International NAVTEX services on 518 kHz When planning an International NAVTEX service it is essential to appreciate […]

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Responsibilities of a NAVTEX Coordinator

The NAVTEX Coordinator is responsible for the messages transmitted by each station under their control. This responsibility includes checking that the content of each message is in accordance with the Joint IMO/IHO/WMO Manual on Maritime Safety Information and also, that it is relevant to the NAVTEX service area of the transmitting station. Thus a user […]

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EFFICIENSEA2

EU approved a Danish-led, maritime innovation project with a budget of DKK 85 million, intended to enhance safety of navigation and increase efficiency at sea. 13 Danish partners have become frontrunners of the project, which was launched on 1st May 2015. The overall objective is to create and deploy innovative solutions for safer and more […]

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International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

Adoption: 1 November 1974; Entry into force: 25 May 1980 The SOLAS Convention in its successive forms is generally regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships. The first version was adopted in 1914, in response to the Titanic disaster, the second in 1929, the third in 1948, […]

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ECDIS Training

Training programmes on the use of ECDIS provided to masters and deck officers1 serving on ships fitted with ECDIS shall meet the mandatory training requirements of the STCW Convention: under the provisions of the STCW Convention and Code, all officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more must […]

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ECDIS – New guidance for good practice in use

The Maritime Safety Committee has approved the ECDIS – Guidance for Good Practice, drawing together relevant guidance from seven previous ECDIS circulars into a single, consolidated document.  The ECDIS – Guidance for Good Practice is important also to other ECDIS users besides of Navigators, like VTS and SAR operators/operation Centres, offshore installations etc.   ECDIS […]

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E-NAVIGATION

e-navigation is a Strategy developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to increase safety of navigation in commercial shipping through better organization of data on ships and on shore, better data exchange and communication between ships and the ship and shore. “e-navigation is the harmonized collection, integration, exchange, presentation and analysis of marine information on […]

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NEW SECRETARY GENERAL AT IMO FROM 2016

Mr. Ki-tack Lim (Republic of Korea) has been elected as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO, www.imo.org), with effect from January 1st 2016, for an initial term of four years. Mr. Lim is currently president of Busan Port Authority. He served as the Republic of Korea’s Deputy Permanent Representative to IMO from 2006 to […]

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Racon

A RACON (RAdar and beaCON) is a radar transponder commonly used to mark maritime navigational hazards. When a racon receives a radar pulse, it responds with a signal on the same frequency which puts an image on the radar display. This takes the form of a short line of dots and dashes forming a Morse character radiating away from the location […]

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