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The Assembly

 RECALLING Article 15(j) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Assembly in relation to regulations and guidelines concerning maritime safety,

 RECALLING ALSO regulations IV/10.1and 14.1 of the 1988 amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, concerning radiocommunications for the global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS), which require, respectively, that ships remaining in sea area A3 be provided with an Inmarsat ship earth station and that such ship earth stations shall conform to appropriate performance standards not inferior to those adopted by the Organization,

 RECOGNIZING the need to prepare performance standards for satellite communication equipment in order to ensure the operational reliability of such equipment and to avoid, as far as practicable, adverse interaction between satellite communication equipment and other communication and navigation equipment aboard the ship,

 RECOGNIZING ALSO that Inmarsat discontinued type approval of Inmarsat-A ship earth stations in 1991,

 HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendation made by the Maritime Safety Committee at its sixty-fifth session,

  1. ADOPTS the Recommendation on Performance Standards for Ship Earth Stations Capable of Two-Way Communications set out in the annex to the present resolution;

  2. NOTES that part A of the Inmarsat design and installation guidelines is similar to the performance standards for ship earth stations capable of two-way communications and to the general requirements for shipborne radio equipment set out in Resolution A.694(17);

  3. RECOMMENDS Governments to ensure that every ship earth station which forms part of the GMDSS:

  • (a) if installed on or after 23 November 1996, conforms to performance standards not inferior to those specified in the annex to the present resolution;

  • (b) if installed before 23 November 1996, conforms to performance standards not inferior to those specified in the annex to Resolution A.698(17),

which are in accordance with part A of the Inmarsat ship earth station design and installation guidelines;

  4. INVITES Inmarsat to ensure that any amendments to part A of the ship earth station design and installation guidelines are agreed with the Organization prior to their adoption;

  5. REQUESTS the Maritime Safety Committee to ensure that any proposed amendments to this resolution are agreed with Inmarsat prior to their adoption;

  6. REQUESTS ALSO the Maritime Safety Committee to keep these Performance Standards under review and to adopt amendments thereto, as necessary.


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