MAIFA

BoardMarine Accident Investigators Forum in Asia

SubjectLRIT of Ships on Agenda at IMO's MSC Hit1623
WriterLee Min Jung Date2006.05.16

IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) will discuss the proposed adoption of new regulations on Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) of ships, when it meets at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 81st session from 10 to 19 May 2006.<br> <br /> <br />Other important issues on the MSC agenda include the adoption of other amendments to the <br />SOLAS and STCW Conventions, development of goal-based standards for new ship construction and passenger ship safety.<br> <br /> <br />LRIT<br> <br />The MSC will consider, with a view to adoption, draft proposed regulations for the Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) of ships together with associated performance standards and functional requirements. These have been developed by the Sub-Committee on Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue (COMSAR), taking into account work carried out initially by the Sub-Committee on Safety of Navigation (NAV). <br> <br /> <br />The proposals before the Committee suggest the inclusion of the regulation in SOLAS chapter V on Safety of Navigation, through which LRIT will be introduced as a mandatory requirement for all ships covered by the SOLAS Convention. The aim is to establish a mechanism for the collection from ships of LRIT information, at the initial stage, for security and search and rescue and a scheme for the provision of LRIT information to SOLAS Contracting Governments. <br> <br /> <br />It is envisaged that the LRIT information ships would be required to transmit include the ship's identity, location and date and time of the position; and that there should be no interface between LRIT and AIS.One of the more important distinctions between LRIT and AIS, apart from the obvious one of range, is that, whereas AIS is a broadcast system, data derived through LRIT will be available only to the recipients who are entitled to receive such information and safeguards concerning the confidentiality of those data have been built into the regulatory provisions.<br> <br /> <br />IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) will discuss the proposed adoption of new regulations on Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) of ships, when it meets at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 81st session from 10 to 19 May 2006.

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