reporting systems contribute to safety of life at sea, safety
and efficiency of navigation and/or protection of the marine
environment. A ship reporting system, when adopted and implemented
in accordance with the guidelines and criteria developed by
the Organization**pursuant to this regulation,
shall be used by all ships, or certain categories of ships
or ships carrying certain cargoes in accordance with the provisions
of each system so adopted.
Organization is recognized as the only international body
for developing guidelines, criteria and regulations on an
international level for ship reporting systems. Contracting
Governments shall refer proposals for the adoption of ship
reporting systems to the Organization. The Organization will
collate and disseminate to Contracting Governments all relevant
information with regard to any adopted ship reporting system.
initiation of action for establishing a ship reporting system
is the responsibility of the Government or Governments concerned.
In developing such systems provision of the guidelines and
criteria developed by the Organization**
shall be taken into account.
reporting systems not submitted to the Organization for adoption
do not necessarily need to comply with this regulation. However,
Governments implementing such systems are encouraged to follow,
wherever possible, the guidelines and criteria developed by
the Organization**. Contracting Governments
may submit such systems to the Organization for recognition.
two or more Governments have a common interest in a particular
area, they should formulate proposals for a co-ordinated ship
reporting system on the basis of agreement between them. Before
proceeding with a proposal for adoption of a ship reporting
system, the Organization shall disseminate details of the
proposal to those Governments which have a common interest
in the area covered by the proposed system. Where a co-ordinated
ship reporting system is adopted and established, it shall
have uniform procedures and operations.
adoption of a ship reporting system in accordance with this
regulation, the Government or Governments concerned shall
take all measures necessary for the promulgation of any information
needed for the efficient and effective use of the system.
Any adopted ship reporting system shall have the capability
of interaction and the ability to assist ships with information
when necessary. Such systems shall be operated in accordance
with the guidelines and criteria developed by the Organization**
pursuant to this regulation.
master of a ship shall comply with the requirements of adopted
ship reporting systems and report to the appropriate authority
all information required in accordance with the provisions
of each such system.
adopted ship reporting systems and actions taken to enforce
compliance with those systems shall be consistent with international
law, including the relevant provisions of the United Nations
Convention on the Law of the Sea.
in this regulation or its associated guidelines and criteria
shall prejudice the rights and duties of Governments under
international law or the legal regimes of straits used for
international navigation and archipelagic sea lanes.
participation of ships in accordance with the provisions of
adopted ship reporting systems shall be free of charge to
the ships concerned.
Organization shall ensure that adopted ship reporting systems
are reviewed under the guidelines and criteria developed by
This regulation does not address ship reporting systems
established by Governments for search and rescue purposes
which are covered by chapter 5 of the 1979 SAR Convention
Refer to the guidelines and criteria adopted by the Maritime
Safety Committee of the Organization by resolution MSC.43(64),
as amended by resolution MSC.111(73). Refer also to the
General principles for ship reporting systems and ship reporting
requirements, including guidelines for reporting incidents
involving dangerous goods, harmful substances and/or marine
pollutants, adopted by the Organization by resolution A.851(20).