This notice is in continuation to
our earlier notice NT Wing Circular
No.4 of 2008 ,
No.1 of 2009 and No.2 of 2009 on
the above subject, where in it was stated that all vessels above 300GT
plying on the coast of India shall comply with the SOLAS Chapter - V
Regulation 19-1 (LRIT).
The Directorate is in receipt of
various representations from INSA, ship-owners, managers, operators to
exempt vessels plying on the coast of India from the compliance of LRIT.
As per SOLAS Chapter V Regulation
19-1 8.1.4 Quote “a Contracting Government shall not be entitled to
receive, pursuant to subparagraph .3, such information about a ship
located within the territorial sea of the Contracting Government whose
flag the ship is entitled to fly.” Unquote
Accordingly, vessels operating
within port limits and having exemption for the carriage of full GMDSS
Radio equipments are not required to be fitted with LRIT equipment as
required by circulars 01/2009 & 02/2009. As regard to security concerns
about tracking these vessels, such vessels in any case are fitted with
AIS and hence tracked by AIS receivers fitted in ports.
Accordingly, river sea vessels of
GT greater than 300 and less than 1600 are not required to be fitted
with LRIT equipment as required by circulars 01/2009 & 02/2009.
Vessels plying within the
territorial waters are required to comply with LRIT requirement till
such time the DGLL AIS chain of receivers on light houses would be able
to track such vessels effectively anywhere on the coast.
This circular is subject to
annual review or after commencement of AIS monitoring / functioning on
coast of India.
This issues with the approval of
Nautical Advisor to the Govt. of India.
Sr. Radio Surveyor