GMDSS modernization continues
IMO says the review and modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety system (GMDSS) continues this week at the fourth session of the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communication, Search and Rescue (6-10 March). The GMDSS requirements in SOLAS Chapter IV were adopted in 1988 and ensure an integrated communications system using satellite and terrestrial radiocommunication systems. The meeting is expected to develop draft amendments to SOLAS to accommodate additional, global or regional, mobile satellite systems. Also on the agenda are: the technical review of proposed new or amended ships' routeing measures; the functioning and operation of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system, including a review of submitted audit reports; and search and rescue related matters, including the harmonization of aeronautical and maritime search and rescue. IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim opened the session, which is being chaired by Mr. Ringo Lakeman (the Netherlands).