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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/6 and 14 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 every ship be provided with radio installations and that all the equipment in these installations shall conform to appropriate performance standards not inferior to those adopted by the Organization,

 RECOGNIZING the need to take into account the human element in identifying measures to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the human performance by designing equipment that is more suited to the operators who use it,

 RECOGNIZING ALSO that increased effectiveness and efficiency in the use of GMDSS equipment would be achieved by integrating the radiocommunication equipment into a shipborne integrated radiocommunication system, thereby providing simpler procedures for operators,

 RECOGNIZING FURTHER the need to prepare performance standards for such a shipborne integrated radiocommunication system to ensure that the functional requirements of SOLAS Regulation IV/4 are met,

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

  1. ADOPTS the Recommendation on Performance Standards for a Shipborne Integrated Radiocommunication System (IRCS) when used in the GMDSS set out in the annex to the present resolution;

  2. RECOMMENDS Governments to ensure that a shipborne Integrated Radiocommunication System (IRCS) when used in the GMDSS conforms to performance standards not inferior to those specified in the annex to this resolution;

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

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