Keeping Watch

In May 2006, the International Maritime Organization adopted long-awaited amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) for the long-range identification and tracking (LRIT) of ships. The IMO Marine Safety Committee also approved performance standards and functional requirements for LRIT. This article describes this regulation and these standards, especially in terms of how the United States Coast Guard plans to implement them. The new SOLAS regulation enters into force on January 1, 2008, and most cargo ships of 300 gross tons or more, passenger ships and mobile offshore drilling units on international voyages will required to transmit LRIT information by the end of that year. The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a study to investigate and assess existing tracking methods with a view toward a national plan for the implementation of LRIT in the United States.


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  • Accession Number: 01042312
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 13 2007 10:34PM