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Statutory Documents - IMO Publications and Documents - Resolutions - Maritime Safety Committee - Resolution MSC.264(84) Establishment of the International LRIT Data Exchange on an Interim Basis (Adopted on 16 May 2008) - The Maritime Safety Committee,

The Maritime Safety Committee,

 RECALLING Article 28(b) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Committee,

 RECALLING ALSO the provisions of regulation V/19-1 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended (the Convention) on the Long-range identification and tracking (LRIT) of ships and, in particular, that, as from 31 December 2008, ships shall transmit and Contracting Governments to the Convention (Contracting Governments) shall be able to receive, pursuant to the provisions of the regulation V/19-1, LRIT information transmitted by ships,

 BEARING IN MIND that regulation V/19-1 entered into force on 1 January 2008,

 RECALLING FURTHER the Revised performance standards and functional requirements on long-range identification and tracking of ships (the Revised performance standards) adopted by resolution MSC.263(84) provide in section 10.1 that an International LRIT Data Exchange recognized by the Committee should be established,

 ALSO RECALLING the Arrangements for the timely establishment of the LRIT system adopted by resolution MSC.211(81) and, in particular, that the International LRIT Data Centre and the International LRIT Data Exchange should commence trials and testing of the LRIT system not later than 1 July 2008,

 FURTHER RECALLING that, at its eighty-third session, it accepted the contingency offer from the United States in relation to the establishment and operation of the International LRIT Data Exchange on an interim basis and until such time the Committee would be able to make the necessary permanent arrangements and to this end adopted resolution MSC.243(83) on the Establishment of the International LRIT Data Exchange on an interim basis,

 RECALLING ALSO that in operative paragraph 3 of resolution MSC.243(83) it requested the Secretariat to prepare, following any necessary consultations with the United States, a draft resolution on the establishment of an International LRIT Data Exchange on an interim basis, within the framework of regulation V/19-1.14, for consideration and adoption by the Committee at its eighty-fourth session,

 MINDFUL of the key and pivotal role of the International LRIT Data Exchange in the LRIT system architecture,

 DESIRING to put the necessary arrangements in place so as to ensure that the LRIT system becomes fully operational, as planned, on 31 December 2008,

 HAVING CONSIDERED, at its eighty-fourth session, a report on the progress made by the United States in relation to the establishment and operation of the International LRIT Data Exchange on an interim basis,

  1. RECOGNIZES, pursuant to the provisions of regulation V/19-1.14 and paragraph 10.1 of the Revised performance standards, the aforesaid exchange as the International LRIT Data Exchange referred to in the Revised performance standards subject to the terms and conditions set out in the Annex to the present resolution;

  2. AGREES that, bearing in mind that the contingency offer from the United States is only an interim arrangement and a permanent solution should be found for the International LRIT Data Exchange as soon as possible (within two years as from 1 January 2008 subject to a further review by the Committee), at its eighty-fifth session, it would discuss with a view to finalizing the arrangements for the establishment and operation of the International LRIT Data Exchange on a permanent basis;

  3. REVOKES resolution MSC.243(83).


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