MSC.1-Circ.1287 - Amendments To Resolution A.705(17) – Promulgation Of Maritime Safety Information (Secretariat)

MSC.1/Circ.1287 9 December 2008

AMENDMENTS TO RESOLUTION A.705(17) – PROMULGATION OF MARITIME SAFETY INFORMATION
1 The Maritime Safety Committee, at its eighty-fifth session (26 November to 5 December 2008), adopted amendments to resolution A.705(17) – Promulgation of Maritime Safety Information. The revised text, set out at annex to this circular, replaces the existing text of the annex to resolution A.705(17).
2 The Committee decided that the amendments should enter into force on 1 January 2010.
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ANNEX
RECOMMENDATION ON THE PROMULGATION OF MARITIME SAFETY INFORMATION
1 INTRODUCTION 1.1 The purpose of this Recommendation is to set out the organization, standards and methods which should be used for the promulgation and reception of maritime safety information.
1.2 The maritime safety information service of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) is the internationally and nationally coordinated network of broadcasts containing information which is necessary for safe navigation, received in ships by equipment which automatically monitors the appropriate transmissions, displays information which is relevant to the ship and provides a print capability. This concept is illustrated in Figure 1.
Navigational warning
Meteorological information
SAR information
Other urgent safety-related information
NAVTEX service area Sub-Area NAVAREA/ METAREA
Coastal warning area
User defined area
NAVTEX SafetyNET
NAVTEX receiver
SafetyNET receiver
MARITIME SAFETY INFORMATION
(international and national co-ordination)
CO-ORDINATED BROADCAST SERVICES
SHIPBOARD EQUIPMENTINFORMATION SERVICES BROADCAST SERVICES
Figure 1 – The maritime safety information service of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
1.3 Maritime safety information is of vital concern to all ships. It is therefore essential that common standards are applied to the collection, editing and dissemination of this information. Only by doing so will the mariner be assured of receiving the information he needs, in a form which he understands, at the earliest possible time.
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2 DEFINITIONS
2.1 For the purposes of this Recommendation, the following definitions apply:
.1 Coastal warning area means a unique and precisely defined sea area within a NAVAREA/METAREA or Sub-Area established by a coastal State for the purpose of coordinating the broadcast of coastal maritime safety information through the SafetyNET service.
.2 HF NBDP means High Frequency narrow-band direct-printing, using radio telegraphy as defined in Recommendation ITU-R M.688.
.3 International NAVTEX service means the coordinated broadcast and automatic reception on 518 kHz of maritime safety information by means of narrow-band direct-printing telegraphy using the English language1.
.4 International SafetyNET service means the coordinated broadcasting and automated reception of maritime safety information via the Inmarsat Enhanced Group Call (EGC) system, using the English language, in accordance with the provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended. .5 Maritime safety information (MSI)2 means navigational and meteorological warnings, meteorological forecasts and other urgent safety-related messages broadcast to ships.
.6 Maritime safety information service means the internationally and nationally coordinated network of broadcasts containing information which is necessary for safe navigation. .7 METAREA means a geographical sea area3 established for the purpose of coordinating the broadcast of marine meteorological information. The term METAREA followed by a roman numeral may be used to identify a particular sea area. The delimitation of such areas is not related to and should not prejudice the delimitation of any boundaries between States.
.8 Meteorological information means the marine meteorological warning and forecast information in accordance with the provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended.
.9 National NAVTEX service means the broadcast and automatic reception of maritime safety information by means of narrow-band direct-printing telegraphy using frequencies other than 518 kHz and languages as decided by the Administration concerned.
1 as set out in the IMO NAVTEX Manual. 2 as defined in regulation IV/2 of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, as amended. 3 which may include inland seas, lakes and waterways navigable by sea-going ships.
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.10 National SafetyNET service means the broadcasting and automated reception of maritime safety information via the Inmarsat EGC system, using languages as decided by the Administration concerned. .11 NAVAREA means a geographical sea area3 established for the purpose of coordinating the broadcast of navigational warnings. The term NAVAREA followed by a roman numeral may be used to identify a particular sea area. The delimitation of such areas is not related to and should not prejudice the delimitation of any boundaries between States.
.12 Navigational warning means a message containing urgent information relevant to safe navigation broadcast to ships in accordance with the provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended.
.13 NAVTEX means the system for the broadcast and automatic reception of maritime safety information by means of narrow-band direct-printing telegraphy.
.14 NAVTEX service area means a unique and precisely defined sea area for which maritime safety information is provided from a particular NAVTEX transmitter.
.15 Other urgent safety-related information means maritime safety information broadcast to ships that is not defined as a navigational warning, meteorological information or SAR information. This may include, but is not limited to, significant malfunctions or changes to maritime communications systems, and new or amended mandatory ship reporting systems or maritime regulations affecting ships at sea.
.16 SafetyNET means the international service for the broadcasting and automatic reception of maritime safety information through the Inmarsat EGC system. SafetyNET receiving capability is part of the mandatory equipment which is required to be carried by certain ships in accordance with the provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended.
.17 SAR information means distress alert relays and other urgent search and rescue information broadcast to ships.
.18 Sub-Area means a sub-division of a NAVAREA/METAREA in which a number of countries have established a coordinated system for the promulgation of maritime safety information. The delimitation of such areas is not related to and shall not prejudice the delimitation of any boundaries between States.
.19 User defined area means a temporary geographic area, either circular or rectangular, to which maritime safety information is addressed. .20 World-Wide Navigational Warning Service (WWNWS)4 means the internationally and nationally coordinated service for the promulgation of navigational warnings.
3 which may include inland seas, lakes and waterways navigable by sea-going ships. 4 as set out in resolution A.706(17), as amended.
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.21 In the operating procedures coordination means that the allocation of the time for data broadcast is centralized, the format and criteria of data transmissions are compliant as described in the Joint IMO/IHO/WMO Manual on Maritime Safety Information and that all services are managed as set out in resolutions A.705(17), as amended and A.706(17), as amended.
3 BROADCAST METHODS
3.1 Two principal methods are used for broadcasting maritime safety information in accordance with the provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended, in the areas covered by these methods, as follows:
.1 NAVTEX: broadcasts to coastal waters; and
.2 SafetyNET: broadcasts which cover all the waters of the globe except for Sea Area A4, as defined by resolution A.801(19), annex 3, paragraph 4, as amended.
3.2 Information shall be provided for unique and precisely defined sea areas, each being served only by the most appropriate of the above systems. Although there will be some duplication to allow a ship to change from one system to another, the majority of messages will only be broadcast on one system.
3.3 NAVTEX broadcasts shall be made in accordance with the standards and procedures set out in the NAVTEX Manual.
3.4 SafetyNET broadcasts shall be made in accordance with the standards and procedures set out in the International SafetyNET Manual.
3.5 HF NBDP may be used to promulgate maritime safety information in areas outside Inmarsat coverage (SOLAS regulation IV/7.1.5).
3.6 In addition, Administrations may also provide maritime safety information by other means.
4 SHIPBOARD EQUIPMENT
4.1 Ships are required to be capable of receiving maritime safety information broadcasts for the area in which they operate in accordance with the provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended.
4.2 The NAVTEX receiver should operate in accordance with the technical specifications set out in Recommendation ITU-R M.540-2, as amended, and should meet the performance standards adopted by the Organization by resolution MSC.148(77), as amended.
4.3 The SafetyNET receiver should conform to the Maritime Design and Installation Guidelines (DIGs) published by Inmarsat, and should meet the performance standards adopted by the Organization by resolution A.664(16).
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4.4 In sea area A4, outside of the coverage of NAVTEX, where MSI is received using HF NBDP, the HF NBDP receiver should operate in accordance with the technical specifications set out in Recommendation ITU-R M.688, as amended, and should meet the performance standards adopted by the Organization by resolution A.700(17), as amended.
5 PROVISION OF INFORMATION
5.1 Navigational warnings shall be provided in accordance with the standards, organization and procedures of the WWNWS under the functional guidance of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) through its Commission on the Promulgation of Radio Navigational Warnings (CPRNW).
5.2 Meteorological information shall be provided in accordance with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) technical regulations and recommendations, monitored and reviewed by the Expert Team on Maritime Safety Services of the Joint WMO/IOC5 Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM).
5.3 SAR information shall be provided by the various authorities responsible for coordinating maritime search and rescue operations in accordance with the standards and procedures established by the Organization.
5.4 Other urgent safety-related information shall be provided by the relevant national or international authority responsible for managing the system or scheme.
5.5 Relevant national or international authorities shall take into account the need for contingency planning.
6 COORDINATION PROCEDURES
6.1 In order to make the best use of automated reception facilities, and to ensure that the mariner receives only that information necessary for safe navigation, careful coordination is required.
6.2 In general, this requirement for coordination will be met by the standard operational procedures of the Organization, International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO). Cases of difficulty should be referred, in the first instance, to the most appropriate parent body.
6.3 Administrations broadcasting maritime safety information should provide details of services to the Organization, which will maintain and publish this as part of the GMDSS Master Plan.
6.4 The coordination of changes to operational NAVTEX services and of the establishment of new stations is undertaken by the Coordinating Panel on NAVTEX Services of the Sub-Committee on Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue on behalf of the Maritime Safety Committee.
5 IOC is the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.
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6.5 The coordination of changes to operational SafetyNET services and of the authorization and registration of information providers is undertaken by the International SafetyNET Coordinating Panel of the Sub-Committee on Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue on behalf of the Maritime Safety Committee.
6.6 Administrations should design their broadcasts to suit specific service areas. The designation of service areas is an important part of the coordination process since it is intended that a ship should be able to obtain all the information relevant to a given area from a single source. The Maritime Safety Committee approves NAVAREAs/METAREAs and service areas for the International NAVTEX and SafetyNET service as advised by IHO and WMO.
7 PROCEDURE FOR AMENDING THE MARITIME SAFETY INFORMATION SERVICE
7.1 Proposals for amendment or enhancement of the maritime safety information service should be submitted for evaluation to Maritime Safety Committee through the Sub-Committee on Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue.
7.2 The agreement of the IHO, WMO, IMSO and ITU, as appropriate, and the active participation of other bodies should be sought, according to the nature of the proposed amendments.
7.3 The active participation of IHO, WMO, IMSO and ITU is considered necessary for the coordination of broadcasts of all maritime safety information.
7.4 Amendments adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee will be notified to all concerned. At least 12 months’ notice will be given before implementation and they will come into force on 1 January of the following year.
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