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The Assembly

 RECALLING Article 16(j) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Assembly in relation to regulations concerning maritime safety,

 NOTING resolution A.420(XI) on the development of the maritime distress and safety system which recommends that Administrations should introduce narrow-band direct printing broadcasts for the purpose of promulgation of navigational and meteorological warnings to shipping,

 NOTING FURTHER that Baltic and North Sea States within NAVAREA 1 have, after a period of successful trials, established a pre-operational narrow-band direct printing service (called NAVTEX) of broadcasts for the North Sea and Baltic Sea areas,

 CONSIDERING that narrow-band direct printing broadcasts are an element of the future global maritime distress and safety system,

 CONSIDERING FURTHER that similar services may be expected to be established in other areas of the world and that shipborne equipment should be standardized to ensure efficient operation of such services,

 HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendation made by the Maritime Safety Committee at its forty-eighth session,

  1. ADOPTS the Performance Standards for Narrow-Band Printing Telegraph Equipment for the Reception of Navigational and Meteorological Warnings and Urgent Information to Ships set out in the Annex to the present resolution;

  2. RECOMMENDS Administrations to ensure that equipment for the reception of narrow-band direct printing broadcasts of navigational and meteorological warnings and urgent information to ships conforms to performance standards not inferior to those specified in the Annex to the present resolution.

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