IMO SMCP: IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases (IA987E)

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January 2002
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Under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as revised in 1995, the ability to use and understand the IMO SMCP is required for the certification of officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more.

The phrases in this publication are divided into Parts A and B. Part A covers phrases to be applied according to the requirements of table A-II/1 of the STCW Code, and may be regarded as the replacement of the Standard Marine Navigational Vocabulary, 1985. This part is enriched by phrases concerning ship handling and safety of navigation to be used in onboard communications. Part B lists other onboard standard safety related phrases which, supplementary to Part A, may also be regarded as useful for maritime English instruction.


1 Position of the IMO SMCP in maritime practice

2 Organization of the IMO SMCP

3 Position of the IMO SMCP in maritime education and training

4 Basic communicative features

5 Typographical Conventions


1 Procedure

2 Spelling

3 Message markers

4 Responses

5 Distress, urgency and safety signals

6 Standard organizational phrases

7 Corrections

8 Readiness

9 Repetition

10 Numbers

11 Positions

12 Bearings

13 Courses

14 Distances

15 Speed

16 Times

17 Geographical names

18 Ambiguous words

1 General Terms
2 VTS special terms

A1 External communication phrases
A1/1 Distress Traffic

A1/2 Urgency traffic

A1/3 Safety communications

A1/4 Pilotage

A1/5 Specials

A1/6 Vessel traffic service (VTS) standard phrases

Appendix to A1 Standard GMDSS messages

1 Standard

1.1 Structure

1.2 Example

2 Standard urgency message

2.1 Structure

2.2 Example

3 Standard safety message

3.1 Structure

3.2 Example
A2 Onboard communication phrases

A2/1 Standard wheel orders

A2/2 Standard engine orders

A2/3 Pilot on bridge

B Onboard communication phrases – operative ship handling

B1/1 Handing over the watch

B1/2 Trim, list and stability

B2 Safety on board

B2/1 General activities

B2/2 Occupational safety

B2/3 Fire protection and fire fighting

B2/4 Damage control

B2/5 Grounding

B2/6 Search and rescue onboard activities

B3 Cargo and cargo handling

B3/1 Cargo handling

B3/2 Cargo care

B4 Passenger care

B4/1 Briefing and instruction

B4/2 Evacuation and boat drill

B4/3 Attending to passengers in an emergency

Procedure for amending the IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases

Resolution A.918 (22)

Number of Pages:
Published Date:
January 2002
Binding Format:
Book Height:
210 mm
Book Width:
150 mm
0.2 kg