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GMDSS review central to IMO NCSR meeting

Delegates at IMO’s February 2018 NCSR meetings Delegates at IMO’s February 2018 NCSR meetings

The latest meeting of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) concludes this week, focusing on core areas relating to safety at sea including GMDSS, e-Navigation and vessel tracking.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Among the meeting agenda items was a review of progress in IMO’s ongoing work to modernise the Global Maritime Distress and Safety system (GMDSS).

The GMDSS was adopted in 1988 to provide an infrastructure to ensure that distress alerts can be sent from anywhere on the world’s oceans. The modernisation plan aims to update those provisions in line with subsequent advances in technology, including an allowance for the incorporation of new satellite communication services.

E-navigation issues on the agenda included a focus on promoting harmonisation and standardisation across the industry to drive the effective implementation of IMO’s strategy, which aims to harness the benefits of integrated high-tech navigation solutions. Draft Guidelines on standardised modes of operation, commonly known as ‘S-Mode’, were also part of the discussions.

Among the other regular agenda items was a review of proposed new or amended ships’ routeing measures and matters relating to the functioning and operation of Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) systems.{/mprestriction}

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