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1 INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION E IMO SUB-COMMITTEE ON RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS AND SEARCH AND RESCUE 9th session Agenda item 3 COMSAR 9/INF.5 17 November 2004 ENGLISH ONLY GLOBAL MARITIME DISTRESS AND SAFETY SYSTEM (GMDSS) Report of the 14th session of the Baltic/Barents Sea Regional Co-operation on the GMDSS (BBRC/GMDSS-14) Submitted by Latvia Executive summary: Action to be taken: Paragraph 3 Related documents: SUMMARY This document contains the report of the 14th session of the BBRC/GMDSS, given in the annex None 1 The 14th session of the Baltic/Barents Sea Regional Co-operation on the GMDSS was held in Riga, Latvia, from 29 September to 1 October participants from 9 countries and 1 international organization were present at the meeting. Action requested of the Sub-Committee 3 The Sub-Committee is invited to note the information provided. *** For reasons of economy, this document is printed in a limited number. Delegates are kindly asked to bring their copies to meetings and not to request additional copies.

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3 BALTIC/BARENTS SEA BBRC/GMDSS-14 REGIONAL CO-OPERATION Riga, Latvia ON THE GMDSS 29 September - 1 October 2004 Agenda item: 16 Doc. No.: BBRC-14/15/1 Origin: Secretariat REPORT OF THE 14 TH MEETING The meeting was held in Riga, Latvia, from 29 September to 1 October 2004, and hosted by the Maritime Administration of Latvia. 41 participants from 9 countries and 1 international organization were attending the meeting. 2. Opening of the meeting Mr.Arturs Brokovskis, Deputy Director of the Maritime Administration of Latvia, opened the meeting, reflected on BBRC history in brief and welcomed all participants to Riga. Mr. Gunārs Šteinerts from the Maritime Administration of Latvia was elected as the chairman of the meeting, Mr. Jānis Zlidnis acted as Head of the Secretariat of the meeting. Time-table of the meeting was introduced and approved by participants of the meeting. 2. Adoption of the agenda The provisional agenda (BBRC-14/2/1) was introduced and adopted. The list of documents submitted to the meeting (BBRC-14/2/3) contained 93 documents to be presented and discussed. 3. Report from BBRC-13 (Klaipeda, Lithuania) Mr. Filibertas Adomas Urnikis from the Maritime Safety Administration of Lithuania presented the report of the BBRC-13 meeting (BBRC-13/4/1), held in Klaipeda, Lithuania, from 1 to 3 October The report was approved. 4.1 Shore-based facilities including bilateral cooperation Estonia (BBRC-14/4.1/3/1) informed that since the last BBRC-13 meeting in Klaipeda one change has been made. The GAREX central switch and Tallinn Radio operators with their workstation were moved from MRCC Tallinn to the location of Tallinn Radio. Now MRCC Tallinn has two operator s workstations connected to GAREX through the radio links. DSC GMDSS facilities are available on all remote controlled shore base stations. 6 of them cover Estonian area of responsibility in the Gulf of Finland. Part of the Baltic Sea is also covered by 4 base stations and additionally one of them equipped with MF-DSC for sea area A2. 2 base

4 Page 2 stations cover internal waters and the Gulf of Riga. DSC is used for both purposes: for distress and safety and for public correspondence in the sea area A1 as well. Finland (BBRC-14/4.1/2/2) There was no changes to its shore-based facilities as reported to BBRC/GMDSS-13 in Klaipeda. Latvia (BBRC-14/4/3, BBRC-14/4.1/6/4) informed that their GMDSS system is composed of 8 VHF and 1 MF/HF radio stations along the coastline remote-controlled from MRCC in Riga. GMDSS system is operational since October VHF/DSC covers the Gulf of Riga, whole coastline of Latvia and forms sea area A1. MF/DSC covers the sea area A2. In addition Riga MRCC is equipped with INMARSAT C SES, phone, fax and is also connected with COSPAS-SARSAT MCC Bodo in Norway via X.25. Latvia has governmental and operational bilateral agreements in search and rescue with Lithuania and Sweden. Lithuania (BBRC-14/4.1/5) provided detailed information on operation of their GMDSS shore-based facilities. Lithuania has fully established VHF/DSC for Distress and Safety purpose. They have 3 stations: Klaipeda (main), Nida (monitor) and Sventoji (monitor), which cover the whole coastline of Lithuania. The main station is placed in Klaipeda. Additionally to radio watch on khz Klaipeda MRCC keeps radio watch on ; ; ; ; khz. Lithuania has also one Inmarsat-B station installed in MRCC Klaipeda. Norway (BBRC -14/4.1/6) provided information about HF radio telephony traffic of Rogaland radio which has decreased considerably, and that kind of service was closed down since 1 January The remaining customers were referred to Lyngby Radio in Denmark. Lyngby radio also is keeping watch on HF frequencies for general communications. Information about the change was forwarded by mail to all Norwegian ships, by message in the ITU Operational Bulletin, and by notice on website Norway also provided information about a new kind of service, via HF radio, which is offered by Telenor Maritime Radio to subscribers in Norwegian and European waters. The Russian Federation (BBRC-14/4.1/7) provided detailed information on its operational GMDSS shore-based facilities for the Baltic/Barents Sea region. Additional VHF DSC coast station in Primorsk (Gulf of Finland) and MF DSC coast station in Saint-Petersburg were implemented since last BBRC/GMDSS-13 meeting in Klaipeda. Sweden (BBRC-14/4.1/8) There was no changes to its shore-based facilities as reported to BBRC/GMDSS-13 in Klaipeda. Swedish regulations require that the ships trading over the whole Baltic Sea must be equipped and certified at least for GMDSS A2. Regarding bilateral cooperation on GMDSS with other Baltic Sea countries, Sweden doesn t have any watch keeping agreement on VHF 16, DSC 70 or DSC khz 4.2 Watch keeping on VHF ch. 16 and 2182 khz Estonia (BBRC-14/4.2/2/1) informed the meeting that it will continue watch keeping on VHF channel 16 until at least 1st January 2006, as declared in the document BBRC-11/ The MRCC Tallinn will continue listening on 2182 khz.

5 Page 3 Finland (BBRC-14/4.2/1/2) informed that it will continue with watch keeping on VHF ch.16 without any limits for the time being. Finland will continue with watch keeping on MF 2182 khz until 1 February Latvia (BBRC-14/4.2/6/3) stated its intention to keep watch on VHF channel 16 without any limits for the time being and will continue watch keeping on 2182 khz at least until 1 February Lithuania (BBRC-14/4.2/4) informed the meeting that it will continue listening watch at MRCC Klaipeda on VHF channel 16 and on 2182 khz at least until 1 February Lithuania made a remark that the radio watch should be kept on VHF channel 16 till full implementation of AIS. Norway (BBRC-14/4.2/5) informed that all Norwegian coastal radio stations will continue to keep listening watch on channel 16 as long as necessary. At MF listening watch is kept 2182 khz for the time being by the coastal stations Svalbard radio, Vardø radio, Bodø radio, Florø radio, Rogaland radio and Tjøme radio, which cover all the coast of Norway and sea areas up North. Maps can be found on website The Russian Federation (BBRC-14/4.2/6) stated that all coastal stations of the Russian Federation as well as ship stations are keeping a listening watch on VHF Ch. 16 at least until 1st of February For the time being some of coastal stations of the Russian Federation continue listening watch on 2182 khz (particularly in Kaliningrad, Murmansk and Arkhangelsk). Preliminary date of ceasing this watch is the 1 st of January The Russian Federation also expressed its support to the view that for the time being it is necessary to keep open VHF channel for effective communication between ships at sea. This is needed for bridge-to-bridge communication as well for communication SOLAS and non-solas vessels which are not equipped with GMDSS facilities. Sweden (BBRC-13/4.3/1/7) stated that they closed down watch keeping on 500 khz and on 2182 khz from 1 February Sweden will keep watch on VHF channel 16 for the time being. 4.3 DSC Estonia (BBRC-14/4.3/3/1) informed the meeting that the system was fully operational on VHF-DSC with 12 remote-controlled shore base stations. One of them additionally equipped with 2187, 5 khz DSC to serve for sea area A2. This VHF/MF site (Undva N E) located in Saaremaa Island, and all other stations are remote-controlled by GAREX switch from Tallinn. There were no changes since BBRC/GMDSS-13 meeting in Klaipeda. Latvia (BBRC-14/4.3/6/2) stated that VHF/DSC covers the Gulf of Riga and sea area A1 along the shore of Latvia, MF/DSC covers the sea area A2. There were no changes since BBRC/GMDSS-13 meeting in Klaipeda. Lithuania (BBRC-14/4.3/3) informed that it has 3 DSC VHF coast stations (Klaipeda main, Nida, Sventoji monitor) and one DSC MF coastal station located in Klaipeda. Poland (BBRC-14/4.3/2/4) stated that at the present, continuous watch on the distress and safety VHF DSC channel 70 (for sea area A1) and on the distress and safety MF DSC frequency khz (for sea area A2) is maintained by only one Polish coastal station Witowo-Radio.

6 Page 4 The Russian Federation (BBRC-14/4.3/5) stated that three main and one monitor VHF GMDSS stations with DSC in operation on Baltic Sea (2 main and 1 monitor in the Gulf of Finland, 1 main in Kaliningrad). Two monitor stations (Ustj-Luga and Vysotsk) are planned to be established in On Barents and White Sea Russia has two main and one monitor VHF GMDSS stations with DSC. One main station (Kandalaksha) are planned to be established in For GMDSS sea area A2 shore-based DSC stations are placed in Saint-Petersburg and Kaliningrad on Baltic Sea and in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk on Barents and White Sea. 4.4 GMDSS on board non-convention ships Estonia (BBRC-14/4.4/1) informed that all fishing vessels that are operating in the Baltic Sea GMDSS area A1 (excluding small fishing ships operating in the range of six miles from the shore) are equipped with VHF DSC (Class D) facilities, with EPIRB (COSPAS-SARSAT), SART and portable VHF transceivers. For area A2 additionally is required MF transceiver and NAVTEX receiver. All ocean-going fishing vessels are fully equipped according to the requirements of EU directive 97/70. Seagoing pleasure crafts are required to be equipped with VHF DSC (at least Class D) transceivers. Latvia (BBRC-13/4.4/2) informed that according to the Regulations of the Ministry of Transport of Latvia the Latvian flag ships 12m in length and more should be equipped with GMDSS. Fishing vessels operating in sea areas A1 and A2 should be equipped with GMDSS until 1 February Latvian BBRC-14/4.4/1/3 document (summarized table) informed that 29 SOLAS vessels with total GT , which are registered in Latvian Ship Register, are equipped with GMDSS. Lithuania (BBRC-14/4.4/4) stated that all ships under Lithuanian flag (SOLAS and non-solas) engaged on international voyages are equipped with GMDSS in accordance with SOLAS. Also all Lithuanian Navy, Coast Guard and fishing vessels 45m in length and more are equipped with GMDSS. Fishing vessels 24m in length and more are equipped with GMDSS VHF class D. Fishing vessels less than 24 m in length will be equipped with GMDSS VHF class D until 1 February All personnel responsible for radio communication on board will receive the necessary training. At the request of Lithuania a form on GMDSS installation requirements on fishing vessels was filled in by all BBRC-14 meeting countries and distributed as BBRC-14/4.4/10 document. Norway (BBRC-14/4.4/1/5) informed about intention of the Norwegian Administration to implement GMDSS radio equipment on all Norwegian cargo and fishing vessels of 15 meters and above and on passenger ships independent of size and trade. Norway is of the opinion that all Norwegian ships will be required to carry radio equipment sufficient for transmitting and receiving shore-to-ship distress alerts, and receive MSI in the GMDSS. Norwegian Administration is also of the opinion that the GMDSS should be the only system for distress and safety. Requirements for Norwegian cargo ships of 15 m and above are summarised in the table. Norwegian (BBRC-14/4.4/6) document shows that 1089 Norwegian SOLAS vessels were equipped for GMDSS as on 22nd September Norwegian (BBRC-14/4.4/7) document informed that at the present 5408 Norwegian fishing vessels have radio licences. Fishing vessels 24m in length and more were required to be equipped with GMDSS radio equipment since 1 January The attached table shows that 389 Norwegian fishing vessels are equipped for GMDSS.

7 Page 5 Russian Federation (BBRC-14/4.4/8) informed that according to requirements of the Maritime Administration of Russian Federation non-solas ships should be equipped for GMDSS until February It is final stage of installation of GMDSS equipment on board on non-solas ships. The first step, which was completed two years ago, required installing COSPAS-SARSAT EPIRBs, radar transponders, two-way VHF radiotelephone apparatus and NAVTEX receivers. Sweden (BBRC-14/4/1/9) informed about the number of GMDSS certified ships on September Total number of SOLAS and non-solas ships with GMDSS is 358. From 1 January 2000 Sweden has started to equip with GMDSS new fishing vessels 24m in length and more, due to the EU directive 97/70/EG requirement. From the end of May 2000 Sweden has started to equip with GMDSS new and existing passenger ships 24m in length and more on national trade area A, B, C and D due to the EU directive 98/18/EG and 2002/25/EG. Secretariat distributed the table in a form as submitted by of Lithuania and requested all delegations to fill in the table on each country requirements on GMDSS for fishing vessels. The results have been summarized in the document BBRC-14/4.4/ General radio-communications, including public correspondence Estonia (BBRC-14/4.5/1/1) stated that coastal station Tallinn Radio, as a part of national maritime radio network can provide public correspondence traffic which is defined by IMO as general communications (SOLAS, Chapter IV, regulation 2.1.5). Since 1 January 2000 Tallinn Radio provides public correspondence on the working channels automatically to PSTN through the VHF channel 70 DSC maritime communication systems. All public correspondence traffic and general radio communication like communication between ships and icebreakers over the all coastline is controlled and provided by GAREX switch. Estonian coastal maritime radio network is equipped also with HF/MF radiotelephony working channels for business and social communications. Latvia (BBRC-14/4.5/3/2) stated that its GMDSS network in the sea areas A1 and A2 is mainly directed to provide the transmission/reception of the distress, urgency and safety information. For operational correspondence VHF channel 71 and MF frequency 2390 khz are assigned. Medical advice or maritime assistance is provided via VHF duplex channels connected to public telephone network. Lithuania (BBRC-14/4.5/3) provided information that at the present in Lithuania there is only one Coast VHF station Lagoon which offers the public correspondence service in port of Klaipeda on VHF Ch16 and Ch83. During last 4 years two big coastal MF/HF radio stations and one VHF radio station were closed. Norway (BBRC-14/4.5/1/4) invited BBRC participants to discuss the following issue: on ships operating in sea area A2 the GMDSS radio equipment in some cases may not fulfil the requirements for public correspondence. In such cases Norwegian ships may use other means for Public correspondence, using the means covering the whole sea area in which the ship is permitted to operate. Such means used for public correspondence shall be recorded in the Record of Equipment attached to the ship s Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate. The participants of the meeting did not support such discussion because the issue is not important for the Baltic Sea area.

8 Page EPIRBs Estonia (BBRC-14/4.6/1) provided information about the number of registered radio beacons as following: 406 MHz EPIRB 499; 121,5 MHz ELT 43; 406 MHz ELT -13. From all EPIRBs on the ships flying Estonian flag should be codified with the MMSI number. It is prohibited to use EPIRBs older than 10 years on the ships flying Estonian flag as from Poland (BBRC-14/4.6/1/2) informed the meeting that EPIRB Maritime Mobile Service Identities (EPIRB MMSI) are assigned by Office of Telecommunication and Post Regulation (URTiP). There are two kinds of the assigned EPIRB MMSIs: for small vessels (with 1 zero at the end of the MMSI) and for ocean going vessels (with 3 zeros at the end of the MMSI). Statistics concerning the number of assigned EPIRB MMSI by Office of Telecommunications and Post Regulation (URTiP) shows that the total number of assigned EPIRBs MMSI for sea going vessels is 325 and for small vessels are 590. Norway reported the number of EPIRBs registered as , of which 8500 on fishing vessels and 2000 on pleasure craft. 5. Education and training Denmark (BBRC-14/5/1) provided detailed information on the type and number of GMDSS radio operator certificates issued. The Danish Maritime Authority issues GOC, LRC and ROC, SRCs are issued by the National IT- and Telecom Agency. The number of certificates issued is: Total GOC ROC LRC SRC Additionally to these certificates in 2003 the Danish Maritime Authority renewed 1050 Certificates of Competency as Radio Operator in GMDSS (IMO STCW). Estonia (BBRC-14/5/6/2) informed the meeting that two maritime training centres are working in Estonia for GOC and ROC. They are certified by the Estonian Maritime Administration and by Telenor. The Maritime Academy s training centre is also certified by the Netherlands. Estonia stated that till 20 September GOCs and 686 ROCs had been issued. The GMDSS Centres also conduct 5 days refresher courses for the holders of GOC and ROC after a 5 year period.

9 Page 7 Finland (BBRC-14/5/4/3) provided the following number of radio operator s certificates issued: GMDSS Total 2004 GOC ROC GOC Endorsements ROC Endorsements NON-GMDSS Total 2004 LRC SRC The responsible organisation for all radio operators certificates in Finland is Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (the FICORA). Finland document (BBRC-14/5/3/4) provided information about SAR education and training in the Finnish Frontier and Coast Guard School. In 2003 the following types of courses have been conducted as ordered and scheduled: Name of Courses Number Name of Courses Number SP Course 2 OSC Course 1 ACO Course 2 SAR English 2 SRU Course 5 SAR 2 Course (refreshment) 1 R Course 4 S Course 4 B Course 2 CSOC Course 2 ROC Course 1 GOC Course 1 SRC 1 GOC/ROC refreshment 6 One SMC course was cancelled due to lack of students. Also Finland has started to arrange courses for Aircraft Co-ordinators (ACO) and refreshment courses for SMC/OSC/ACO. The courses for practical SAR, i.e. S, R, and SRU are the most valued among the coastguard men. Finland has started to arrange SRU courses in different areas in Coast Guard Districts so that the students are able to practise in their own neighbourhood with their own tools. In those courses are trained students from other authorities as merchant mariners and Lifeboat SAR people. At the end of document included summary from SAR Trainer Seminar which was held in Finland : SAR organisations are different; SAR functions are directed by international and national legislation; SAR training is needed to fulfil the demanded tasks; There are no standards for education and training; Best Practises are transferred by the trainees and Bench Marking visits. There is need for closer co-operation between the countries and training organisations; There is the need for international standards at least for basic OSC and SMC courses; Latvia (BBRC-14/5/1/5) provided statistics (September 2003 September 2004) on Certificates for operators of GMDSS:

10 Page 8 GOC 305 ROC 1 GOC restricted to sea area A1 and A2 27 Radiotelephony 1 The Maritime Administration of Latvia is issuing the following radio operators certificates: ROC and GOC for merchant seamen; GOC restricted to sea areas A1 and A2 for fishing vessels personnel. Fishing vessels officers and masters will need to have certificates for operators of GMDSS as from ; so far they have to hold at least Radiotelephony Operator Certificate. The minimum requirement to obtain GMDSS certificates, including for fishing vessels (24m in length and more) personnel, is to hold Radiotelephony Operator Certificate. Holders of fishing vessel competence certificates (length under 45m) unlimited waters GOC certificate restricted to sea areas A1 and A2; Holders of fishing vessel competence certificates (length under 45m) limited waters (Gulf of Riga, Latvian territorial sea and exclusive economic zone) ROC certificate. Training for operators of GMDSS are carried out in 3 certified training centres in Latvia: LS Crewing Agency s Training Centre carries out courses for GOC and ROC certificates; Latvian Maritime Academy simulator centre carries out courses for GOC and GOC restricted to sea areas A1 and A2; Liepaja Marine College carries out courses for GOC and GOC restricted to sea area A1 and A2 Participants of the meeting from other countries expressed their opinion that the certificate GOC and ROC restricted to sea areas A1 and A2 doesn t follow the ITU Radio Regulations and STCW requirements and therefore may not be recognized by other countries. Lithuania (BBRC-14/5/6) provided statistics on issued GOC and ROC certificates from August 2003 until September 2004: 160 GOC and 31 ROC. There are 2 training centres in Lithuania: Maritime Training Centre (NOVIKONTAS AS group), certified by Lithuanian Maritime Administration, Ministry of Education, BVQI and TELENOR. Centre is full member of IASST, WNMI and IMSF; Training Centre in Lithuanian Maritime Institute, certified by Lithuanian Maritime Administration, TELENOR, and Lloyd s Register. Norway (BBRC-14/5/1/7) provided information for discussion: Why are radio operators afraid of pushing the distress alert button? If candidates to operator s certificate in the GMDSS are trained in accordance with IMO Model Course, why don t they push the distress alert button in case of emergency, but prefer to use radiotelephone voice channels? Participants noted that the problem exists in all countries. The meeting came to conclusion to request for statistics to be submitted to the next BBRC meeting to enable further assessment and solution of the problem.

11 Page 9 Norwegian document (BBRC-14/5/8) informed the meeting about Coast Station Operator s courses which were developed by Telenor Maritime Training Centre at Sola near Stavanger and based on COMSAR/Circ courses, with 30 participants all together, were completed during February to June The result was satisfactory with 28 direct passes. All personnel at the Norwegian coastal radio stations will be required to have the CSOC in the future. Norwegian document (BBRC-14/5/9) informed on the number of GMDSS certificates issued since 1997: Type/year GOC ROC Total GMDSS certificates in Norway need to be renewed every five years to be valid. In year GOCs and 71 ROCs were renewed based on documented sea service on board GMDSS ships. Norwegian document (BBRC-14/5/10) provided statistics about Endorsements to foreign seafarers since 1997: Year Endorsements Poland (BBRC-14/5/5/11) provided information on certificates for operators of GMDSS and non-gmdss ship stations since Total RE II GOC ROC LRC SRC VHF RT RE II Second-Class Radio Electronic Certificate LRC Long Range Operator s Certificate SRC Short Range Operator s Certificate VHF RT VHF Radiotelephone Operator s Certificate Sweden (BBRC-14/5/2/12) presented status report concerning GMDSS radio operators and training. Swedish Maritime Administration issues the radio operator s certificate ROC/GOC for professional seamen. Total number of GMDSS operator certificates issued by SMA: GOC , GOC with Endorsement due to STCW 3501, ROC 2003, ROC with Endorsement due to STCW 950.

12 Page 10 Operators certificate SRC and LRC for pleasure crafts and under special circumstances for passenger ship on national trade are issued by Post & Telecom/HFB. Total number of operator certificate issued by Post & Telecom/HFB: SRC 21900, LRC 280 (these figures are from 2003). It is required in Sweden that all pilots, boatmen, VTS and pilot station operators should hold at least ROC. Deep-sea pilots, piloting in and out from Baltic Sea and OSC (one scene co-ordinator) shall hold GOC. Royal Navy and Coast Guard officers also shall be holders of GOC/ROC. Swedish document (BBRC-14/5/1/13) informed the meeting on the SAR training courses arranged by the Swedish Maritime Administration for the eastern Baltic SAR Organisations. Since 1995 SAR Schoolon Arkö Island carries out courses for participants from eastern Baltic MRCCs. A modified and updated SMC course was introduced in 2003 as phase IV of the project Maritime Search and Rescue Co-operation in the Baltic sea. The length of the course was six weeks and also Russia and Poland were invited to participate. Two courses were arranged at the SMA SAR School on Arkö Island in March April and November December 2004 with participants from St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Kaliningrad and Swinoujscie. In 2004 a two-week On-scene Co-ordinator (OSC) training course was drawn up. The first course took place in May and the second ended only two weeks ago. It was noticed that harmonised SAR training will strengthen the total capability of co-ordinating maritime SAR in the region and facilitate the handling of joint operations between neighbouring states. Sweden would like to open up discussions about a joint regional SAR training program applied to all Baltic Sea SAR Organizations, which could form the basis for an IMO model course. Participants supported Swedish proposal on development of regional SAR training programme. 6. Radio surveys and inspections Estonia (BBRC-14/6/3/1) stated that primary radio survey on issuing the radio licence to a ship is carried out by National Communications Board. Annual radio surveys are carried out by the representatives of Classification Societies. The vessels which are under the supervision of the Maritime Administration are surveyed by our radio inspectors, who also perform FSC and PSC inspections. They have Futronic (Denmark) made GMDSS Test boxes. One of Test boxes has the possibility to check AIS transponders. Finland (BBRC-14/6/2/2) informed the meeting that the Finnish Maritime Administration has three radio surveyors to carry out radio inspections on board of vessels. They are also accepted by main classification societies. Statistics below shows number of surveys performed in FLAG NUMBER OF SURVEYS Finnish 148 Foreign 43 Domestic trade + fishing vessels 38 AIS initial surveys 18

13 Page 11 Equipment used in surveys: Futronic GMDSS Test box, Sine Qua Non AIS installation test set. Latvia (BBRC-14/6/3) presented status report concerning radio surveys and inspections. Radio surveys are carried out by the Classification societies and by service companies approved by the Maritime Administration of Latvia. Inspections concerning composition and functionality of equipment on Latvian flag vessels are carried out by the inspectors of the Maritime Administration of Latvia. Lithuania (BBRC-14/6/4) informed the meeting that Flag State control inspector may perform the inspection of radio equipment at port of Klaipeda. At present moment Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration inspector is not performing surveys, they are done by the Classification societies. After receiving report from the Classification society LMSA issued Seaworthiness Certificate for non SOLAS ships. Norway (BBRC-14/6/1/5) informed the meeting that the Norwegian Administration has delegated radio surveys and the issuance of the safety radio certificates to: Telenor Networks Maritime Radio - Radio inspection 1331 Fornebu, Norway Phone: Fax: Emil Langva AS, P.O. Box 2086 Skarbøvik 6028 Ålesund Phone: Fax: Norwegian document (BBRC-14/6/4/6) informed the meeting that the Radio Inspection of Telenor has an agreement with the Norwegian Maritime Directorate about maritime radio surveys on board ships and offshore installations. The Radio Inspection is also accepted by all main Classification societies to do the surveys on board ships under their supervision. The following number of surveys has been performed during the last three years: Flag / Year Norwegian Foreign Total At all surveys Futronic test instrument have been used. Russian Federation (BBRC-14/6/7) informed the meeting that in accordance with the requirements of the Merchant Shipping Code of the Russian Federation the survey of radio equipment onboard the ships flying under Russian flag and issuing of the appropriate statutory documents is carried out by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS). In effort to ensure the qualified survey of ship GMDSS equipment the 250 qualified radio engineers-surveyors had passed special GMDSS course in the Training Centre of the Makarov State Maritime Academy. Among them 50 specialists are involved in statutory survey of GMDSS radio equipment

14 Page 12 according to SOLAS Chapter IV onboard the ships sailing in the Baltic and Barents sea area. The training programme is fully meeting the requirements of the Module 4B of IMO Resolution A.749 (19). Sweden (BBRC-14/6/1/8) requested for the view of other administrations: would it be sufficient with electronic format only of maritime radio licence, which could easily be checked with the issuing administration through electronics means (web communication)? Participants of the meeting didn t support the idea of the electronic format of maritime radio licence giving preference to the traditional hard paper type which according to SOLAS shall be original. 7. Maritime Safety Information (MSI) Estonia (BBRC-14/7/3/1) stated that Tallinn NAVTEX station (59º28 N 024º21 E) is fully operational since 1997 and broadcasts Maritime Safety and Meteorological Information in English every 4 hours with transmission range about 250 NM for the Gulf of Finland and the central part of the Baltic Sea [U]. Information of NAVTEX messages, Marine Safety and Meteorological information comes from Sweden, sub-coordinator for the Baltic Sea area, by TELEX and . Hot reserve for Tallinn [U] located on Island Gotland (Tingstäde). Tallinn Radio increased the NAVTEX radiation power up to 1000 W since at the daytime to be sure that NAVTEX reception in the St. Petersburg region is stable. In the night time transmission power of transmitter is apr.300w. Since 2002, at summertime Tallinn Radio transmitted local forecast and port information to the pleasure mariners on VHF channel 69. Marine meteorological forecasts are provided on 1650 khz at 06:33 and 15:33 local time. Other urgent and safety-related messages are provided on 3310 khz. Finland (BBRC-14/7/2/2) presented status report of MSI broadcasted by Turku Radio. NAVTEX warnings are sent to Baltico in Sweden and transmitted by Stockholm Radio/Tallinn Radio. Gulf of Finland Reporting system under SOLAS Regulation V/11 started on the 1 st of July 2004 in co-operation between Estonia, Finland and Russia. Shore-based facilities at TALLINN TRAFFIC, HELSINKI TRAFFIC and SANKT PETERBURG TRAFFIC are able to monitor ships movement and to provide unproved advice and information about navigation hazards and weather conditions. Latvia (BBRC-14/7/5/3) informed that the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre Riga broadcasts Maritime Safety Information on VHF CH 71, with prior announcement on VHF Ch 70 (DSC) and VHF Ch16 at 7.03 a.m. and 3.03 p.m. local time. Broadcasting is in English and Latvian. Urgent Navigation Warnings are broadcasted upon reception and then after they are included in the scheduled broadcast at 7.03 a.m. or 3.03 p.m. Storm Warnings (or Gale Warnings) and warnings concerning dangerous hydro-meteorological phenomena are broadcasted upon reception on the 33rd minute of the current hour or on the 03rd minute of the next hour. If these warnings are still in force, they are broadcasted during the regular schedule at 7.03 a.m. and 3.03 p.m. Lithuania (BBRC-14/7/4) informed the meeting that navigational warnings are prepared and sent to Baltico in Sweden by . The copies of warnings are also been sent to neighbour countries by . All warnings in English and Lithuanian are available on the web page:

15 Page 13 Sweden (BBRC-14/7/1/5) presented the report on promulgation of Maritime Safety Information (MSI) in the Baltic Sea Sub-area. Sweden also presented a statistics for the broadcasting of navigational warnings on NAVTEX, within the Baltic Sea Sub-area. Sweden also informed the meeting the plans to change B1 character on NAVTEX transmissions from Grimeton [D] to [I] this year AIS Estonia (BBRC-14/8/5/1) informed the meeting that the first 5 Estonian AIS base stations covered the GOFREP (Gulf of Finland Ship Reporting System) area. In accordance with IMO decision GOFREP system has been started since 1st July One of AIS base stations was included in Tallinn VTS and covering the most intensive traffic area of the Gulf of Tallinn (Tallinn Helsinki line) and the Gulf of Muuga. The next stage will be AIS coverage for all Estonian waters. Deadline is 1 st July All ships of Maritime Administration (icebreaker, hydrographical ships and boats) have AIS equipment. Finland (BBRC-14/8/4/2) stated that all Finish passenger ships and tankers are fitted with AIS. Ships, other than passenger ships and tankers, of 300 GT and upwards will be fitted according to the SOLAS requirements. Finnish document (BBRC-14/8/3/3) informed the meeting that the 29 AIS base stations are in full operation and two more are planned or under construction: one in Pietarsaari in the bay of Botnia and one in Geta Åland archipelago. Latvia (BBRC-14/8/4) provided information on its national plan for implementation of AIS coastal network using the existing infrastructure from the coastal GMDSS. Feasibility study for AIS implementation is being carried out by experts of Sweden and Latvia. International tender for implementation of AIS network was announced on 20 July Tender evaluation session will start on 4 October For the time being the test connection have been established to AIS networks of Sweden, Lithuania, Poland and Denmark. Lithuania (BBRC-14/8/5) stated that they established the AIS network which covers all Lithuanian coastlines. 3 stations included in the network are Klaipeda, Sventoji and Nida. The network is operative since 1st June 1999 but due to current technical reasons at present AIS network is not operational and will be re-established by the end of this year. Norway (BBRC-14/8/1/6) presented the document concerning AIS installation on board of ships. Norway noted that in many cases installation and programming of AIS is not in accordance with requirements of SN/Circ.227. It is vital for safety at sea that AIS gives correct information. All participants were invited to share experience on the matter. Russian Federation (BBRC-14/8/7) presented the document concerning AIS installation on board of ships. All ships in Russian Federation constructed on or after 1 July 2002 are fitted with AIS during the shipbuilding stage. Installations of AIS on existing cargo ships of 300 GT and upwards engaged on international voyages under the flag of the Russian Federation will be finished before 31 December Shore based AIS network is under stage-by-stage development. Sweden (BBRC-14/8/2/9) presented the AIS base stations and AIS coverage along the coastline of Sweden.

16 Page 14 In document BBRC-14/8/1/8 Sweden presented the matter of identification and tracking of ships using AIS and quality of AIS information and proposed that the performance standards for the AIS shall be revised in order to amend the process for controlling the accuracy of the data and to include the AIS as a system in the ships radio installation. All participants were invited to discuss the matter and possibly agree on the common submission of a document to COMSAR Search and rescue Estonia (BBRC-14/9/1) presented detailed information on SAR operations for the years registered by JRCC Tallinn. Finland (BBRC-14/9/1/2) provided information on changes in the SAR. There are established two districts: West Finland Coast Guard District and Gulf of Finland Coast Guard District. The modernisation of patrol boats has been started; three Super Puma helicopters will be modified to use NVG (Night Vision Googles) equipment. MRSC Helsinki moved to new facilities at Katajanokka in the beginning of this year. The facilities are modern and located in the immediate vicinity of VTS Helsinki. Latvia (BBRC-14/9/4/3) provided SAR statistics for the year Lithuania (BBRC-14/9/4) provided information on SAR resources and SAR statistic for the years (1st half). Norway (BBRC-14/9/5) informed the meeting about co-location Rogaland radio and JRCC Stavanger into a new purpose-built SAR building at Sola airport. Technical and Training Centres of the Telenor Maritime Radio also are located in that building. 10. False alerts Denmark (BBRC-14/10/2/1) presented detailed GMDSS alerts statistic from MRCC Aarhus from 2000 until first half of Estonia (BBRC-14/10/4/2) provided information on the number of false distress alerts from GMDSS systems received by JRCC Tallinn during the first eight months of Finland (BBRC-14/10/3/3) presented detailed statistics of false alerts in Latvia (BBRC-14/10/6/4) provided statistics of false alerts for the years (eight month). Lithuania (BBRC-14/10/5) presented statistics of false alerts for the years During these years MRCC Klaipeda received 149 false alerts in total. Sweden (BBRC-14/10/1/6) provided statistics of false or inadvertent GMDSS distress alerts for the period of 1 January 31 July Developments in Maritime Radio communication systems and technology Norway (BBRC-14/11/1) informed the meeting that since IMO and later also the ITU opened up the use of maritime VHF channels for digital communications a couple of years ago, Norway has

17 Page 15 been running the fishing craft and coastguard vessels on a trial basis. The current status of the Norwegian VHF Data system has been presented at the BBRC-14. Updated information about the system is found on the Telenor Maritime Radio website Sweden (BBRC-14/11/1/2) informed the meeting about permission to operate GSM 1800 base stations on board the Swedish passenger vessel Stena Scandinavica operating between Göteborg and Kiel. The reason for this is to extend the coverage of the GSM system for passengers and crew. 12. ITU matters Finland (BBRC-14/12/1) provided the copy of input document to the Joint. IMO/ITU Experts Group concerning digital technology for Maritime VHF band and proposed to split all duplex channels into simplex channels and create numbering of the newly split channels. 13. INMARSAT (no submissions) 14. Any other business Finland (BBRC-14/14/1/1) presented document concerning accounting of maritime radio communications, which was provided to the Project Team of the European Conference Preparatory Group (CEPT/ECC/CPG/PT4). Norway (BBRC-14/14/1/2) informed about Norwegian Ship Security Alert System via MRCC Stavanger. Russian Federation (BBRC-14/14/3) provided information about actions taken regarding implementation of SOLAS Regulation XI-2/6 Ship Security Alert System and presented equipment which allows to send security alert via existing Inmarsat C GMDSS equipment. 15. Next meeting Latvia (BBRC-14/15/1) submitted proposals for BBRC-15 meeting: to change of the name of the meeting from existing to new one - Baltic/Barents sea regional co-operation on matters relating to COMSAR, abbreviation - (BBRC/COMSAR). The new name was accepted by participants. Latvia also proposed to arrange the agenda more in blocs, not so splitting the GMDSS matters as now. Participants decided that the new agenda will be created by BBRC-15 host country. Estonia Mr. Kaarel Aare on behalf of the Estonian Maritime Administration invited all participants of BBRC meetings, including Germany, next year to meet in Tallinn, Estonia. Details of the venue and time for the next meeting (BBRC/COMSAR-15) will be provided by Estonia later in due time.

18 Page Summary and closure of the meeting The chairman summed up the results of the meeting and expressed his gratitude to the participants for their constructive and effective participation in the proceedings. It was agreed that draft of the Report from the meeting and draft of the Joint submission to COMSAR 9 on AIS performance standards will be distributed by to all participants of BBRC-14 for amendments and acceptance. The final agreed texts of the above documents, the Report of 14 th BBRC meeting and the Joint submission to COMSAR 9 on AIS performance standards will be forwarded by Latvia to IMO COMSAR 9 session, deadline for these submissions is 26 October 2004.

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