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Statutory Documents - IMO Publications and Documents - International Conferences - SOLAS/CONF.5 - Resolutions of the Conference of Contracting Governments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (December 2002) - Resolution 10 - Early Implementation of Long-Range Ship's Identification and Tracking (Adopted on 12 December 2002) - The Conference,

The Conference,

 HAVING ADOPTED amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended (hereinafter referred to as "the Convention"), concerning special measures to enhance safety and security,

 RECALLING that long-range identification and tracking of ships at sea is a measure that fully contributes to the enhancement of the maritime and coastal States security as a whole,

 HAVING ACKNOWLEDGED that Inmarsat C polling is currently an appropriate system for long-range identification and tracking of ships,

 RECOGNIZING the importance of an early implementation of long-range identification and tracking of ships,

 RECOGNIZING ALSO that the equipment installed on board and ashore is available for immediate use and will allow the early implementation of such measures,

  1. URGES Contracting Governments to take, as a matter of high priority, any action needed at national level to give effect to implementing and beginning the long-range identification and tracking of ships;

  2. INVITES Contracting Governments to encourage ships entitled to fly the flag of their State to take the necessary measures so that they are prepared to respond automatically to Inmarsat C polling, or to other available systems;

  3. REQUESTS Contracting Governments to consider all aspects related to the introduction of long-range identification and tracking of ships, including its potential for misuse as an aid to ship targeting and the need for confidentiality in respect of the information so gathered.

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