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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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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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History of Marine radio

Marine radio was first installed on ships around the turn of the 20th century. In those early days, radio was used primarily for transmission and reception of passenger telegrams. Radio watch-keeping hours were not standardized, and there was no regulatory requirement for carriage of radio by ships. Indeed, there was a general lack of regulation […]

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IBRD – International Beacon Registration Database

IMO has revised its guidance on Cospas-Sarsat International 406 MHz Beacon Registration Database (IBRD) Need for EPIRB registration and associated databases The provisions relevant to EPIRB registration apply to all ships on all voyages, and are as follows: “Each Contracting Government undertakes to ensure that suitable arrangements are made for registering global maritime distress and […]

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NAVTEX

NAVTEX is a system for broadcast and automatic reception of maritime safety and weather information. NAVTEX is part of the MSI, Maritime safety information, that is broadcast to mariners by official agencies for their safety. Maritime safety messages consist of messages such as weather warning, warnings about dangers to navigation and failure of navigation devices. These […]

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