25 November 2016
This circular replaces MSC.1/Circ.1403.
The amendments will come into force on 1 January 2018.
Member States are invited to use the Manual, as appropriate, and to bring it to the attention of all parties concerned.
SOLAS regulation IV/12.2 states that "Every ship, while at sea, shall maintain a radio watch for broadcasts of maritime safety information on the appropriate frequency or frequencies on which such information is broadcast for the area in which the ship is navigating".
Правило СОЛАС IV/12.2 гласит, что "На каждом судне, находящемся в море, должно вестись радионаблюдение за передачами информации по безопасности на море на соответствующей частоте или частотах, на которых такая информация передается для района, в котором находится судно".
At the request of the IMO Sub-Committee on Radiocommunications (COM), the NAVTEX Manual was first produced in 1988. Three subsequent editions have been produced, with the fourth edition published in 2005 containing amendments endorsed by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its seventy-eighth session in May 2004 by MSC/Circ.1122.
At its seventh meeting in September 2005, the IHO Commission on the Promulgation of Radio Navigational Warnings (CPRNW) established a working group to review all World-Wide Navigational Warning Service (WWNWS) documentation. The working group included representation from the WMO and firstly prepared revisions to resolutions A.705(17), Promulgation of Maritime Safety Information and A.706(17), World-Wide Navigational Warning Service. The proposed revisions of these resolutions were circulated to IHO Member States under IHB CL 104/2007, endorsed by the Sub-Committee on Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue (COMSAR) at its twelfth session in April 2008 and subsequently approved by the MSC at its eighty-fifth session in November/December 2008 by means of MSC.1/Circ.1287 and MSC.1/Circ.1288, respectively.
The IHO CPRNW Working Group then prepared the revised Joint IMO/IHO/WMO Manual on Maritime Safety Information incorporating the revised information from resolutions A.705(17), as amended, and A.706(17), as amended. The revised text was circulated to IHO Member States under cover of IHB CL 70/2008, endorsed by the COMSAR Sub-Committee at its thirteenth session in January 2009 and subsequently approved by the MSC at its eighty-sixth session in May/June 2009 by means of MSC.1/Circ.1310. The working group subsequently prepared the third revision of the International SafetyNET Manual. The revised text of the International SafetyNET Manual was circulated to IHO Member States under cover of IHB CL 68/2009, endorsed by the COMSAR Sub-Committee at its fourteenth session in March 2010 and approved by the MSC at its eighty-seventh session in May 2010 by MSC.1/Circ.1364.
Continuing with the holistic approach of reviewing all maritime safety information documents from the top-down, the working group prepared the fifth revision of the NAVTEX Manual. The revised text of the NAVTEX Manual was circulated to IHO Member States under cover of IHB CL 74/2010, endorsed by the COMSAR Sub-Committee at its fifteenth session in March 2011 and subsequently approved by the MSC at its eighty-ninth session in May 2011 by MSC.1/Circ.1403.
Following the review of all WWNWS documentation, an editorial review has been conducted. As part of this editorial review, MSC.1/Circ.1287/Rev.1 and MSC.1/Circ.1288/Rev.1 were approved by the MSC at its ninety-second session in June 2013, and MSC.1/Circ.1310/Rev.1 was approved by the MSC at its ninety-fourth session in November 2014. Following the approval of these circulars, the IHO WWNWS Sub-Committee Working Group reviewed the text of the NAVTEX Manual. This sixth revision of the NAVTEX Manual was endorsed by the IHO and the WMO through the WWNWS Sub-Committee, endorsed by the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) at its third session in February/March 2016 and subsequently approved by the MSC at its ninety-seventh session in November 2016 by means of MSC.1/Circ.1403/Rev.1, with an entry into force date of 1 January 2018 .
1 General information
1.1 NAVTEX is an international automated direct-printing service for promulgation of Maritime Safety Information (MSI), navigational and meteorological warnings, meteorological forecasts and other urgent safety-related messages to ships. It was developed to provide a low-cost, simple and automated means of receiving MSI on board ships at sea in coastal waters. The information transmitted may be relevant to all sizes and types of vessel and the selective message-rejection feature ensures that mariners can receive MSI broadcasts which are tailored to their particular needs.
1.2 NAVTEX fulfils an integral role in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and incorporated into the 1988 amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, as amended, as a requirement for ships to which the Convention applies.
1.3 This Manual describes the structure and operation of the NAVTEX service. It is intended primarily for use by national Administrations and others concerned with the preparation and broadcasting of MSI. It will also be of interest to seafarers, shipowners and others who need to receive such information in order to safely go about their business at sea. It should be used in conjunction with the Joint IMO/IHO/WMO Manual on Maritime Safety Information (also published as the IHO/IMO World-Wide Navigational Warning Service Guidance Document, IHO Publication S-53).