NAVTEX Manual (2023 Edition) (KF951E)
NAVTEX is an international automated direct-printing service for promulgation of maritime safety information such as navigational warnings and meteorological information to ships. It is a principle method for broadcasting maritime safety information, and search and rescue alerts when there is an incident, in accordance with the provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974. It has been developed to provide a low-cost, simple and automated means of receiving maritime safety information on board ships at sea and in coastal waters. This edition includes, in particular, the procedure to withdraw existing NAVTEX stations, should a coastal State decide to do so.
This Manual is intended for use by maritime Administrations, seafarers, shipowners and others concerned with preparing, broadcasting and receiving maritime safety information. The 2023 edition of the Manual came into effect on 1 January 2023 and includes the revised Performance standards for the reception of maritime safety information and search and rescue related information by MF (NAVTEX) and HF (resolution MSC.508(105)) and the revised Criteria for use when providing a NAVTEX service (resolution MSC.509(105), annex 4).
1 General information
2 NAVTEX service
3 General features of the NAVTEX system
4 Establishing or withdrawing NAVTEX services
5 NAVTEX message technical characters
6 Message identity
7 Message format
8 Language and national broadcast options
9 Information control
10 Message content
11 Message priorities and broadcast procedures
in the international NAVTEX service
12 Responsibilities of a NAVTEX coordinator
13 Best practice for those using the service
14 Mutual interference between NAVTEX stations
15 Notification of NAVTEX services
Annex 1 IMO NAVTEX Coordinating Panel
Annex 2 Procedure for amending the NAVTEX Manual
As a specialised agency of the United Nations, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.
In other words, its role is to create a level playing field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.
Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.
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