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 may choose to accept messages, as appropriate, either from the single transmitter which serves the sea area around their position or from a number of transmitters. Ideally, the user should select the station within whose coverage area their vessel is currently operating and the station into whose coverage area their vessel will transit next.

The NAVTEX Coordinator must:

  1. act as the central point of contact on matters relating to NAVTEX transmissions for a given transmitter or number of transmitters;
  2. be responsible for continuously ensuring quality control for the operation of the NAVTEX transmitting stations under its jurisdiction. This should be achieved with the cooperation of the information providers to ensure that:
    1. messages are always concise and can be transmitted within the designated 10-minute time slots assigned by the IMO NAVTEX Coordinating Panel;
    2. MINIMUM power is used to achieve satisfactory range performance; and
    3. the coordinated service is operating satisfactorily;
  3. assess all requests for NAVTEX messages immediately upon receipt;
  4. schedule each message for broadcast in accordance with the priority of VITAL, IMPORTANT or ROUTINE;
  5. monitor the International NAVTEX frequency along with any other National frequency used by the transmitters under their jurisdiction in order to ensure that the messages have been correctly broadcast;
  6. monitor the International NAVTEX frequency along with any other National frequency used in order to identify vacant transmission periods required for VITAL or IMPORTANT messages;
  7. pass all information which warrants promulgation outside of their NAVTEX service area directly to the appropriate authority, using the quickest possible means;
  8. allocate a message identity to each message, including the sequential NAVTEX number;
  9. ensure that NAVTEX messages which have been cancelled are removed from the broadcast schedule at the same time as the cancellation message is promulgated;
  10. broadcast in-force bulletins not less than once per week at a regular scheduled time;
  11. promote and oversee the use of established international standards and practices with respect to the format and protocols associated with NAVTEX messages;
  12. maintain records of source data relating to NAVTEX messages in accordance with the requirement of the national Administration;
  13. be aware of the responsibilities of a NAVAREA, Sub-area and National Coordinator contained in resolution A.706(17), as amended, paying particular attention to the specific guidance for the promulgation of internationally coordinated maritime safety information provided therein;
  14. be aware of the responsibilities of a METAREA Coordinator contained in resolution A.1051(27), paying particular attention to the specific guidance for the promulgation of internationally coordinated maritime safety information provided therein; and
  15. take into account the need for contingency planning.

Ref: AMENDMENTS TO THE REVISED NAVTEX MANUAL (http://www.imo.org/)

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