NAVTEX Manual, 2023 Edition

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Language English
Publisher International Maritime Organization
ISBN 9789280117509

 NAVTEX is an international automated direct-printing service for
promulgation of navigational and meteorological warnings and other urgent information to ships. It is one of the two principle methods used for broadcasting maritime safety information in accordance with the provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended. It has been developed to provide a low-cost, simple and automated means of receiving maritime safety information and
Search and Rescue alerts on board ships at sea and in coastal
waters. The information transmitted may be relevant to all sizes and types of vessel and the selective message-rejection feature ensures that every mariner can receive safety information broadcasts which are relevant to their voyage.

This manual is intended, primarily, for use by maritime Administrations and others concerned with the preparation and broadcasting of maritime safety information. It will also be of interest to seafarers, shipowners and others who need to receive such information in order to safely go about their business at sea.



1 General information

2 NAVTEX service

3 General features of the NAVTEX system

4 Establishing or withdrawing NAVTEX services

5 NAVTEX message technical characters

6 Message identity

7 Message format

8 Language and national broadcast options

9 Information control

10 Message content

11 Message priorities and broadcast procedures in the international NAVTEX service

12 Responsibilities of a NAVTEX coordinator

13 Best practice for those using the service

14 Mutual interference between NAVTEX stations

15 Notification of NAVTEX services

Annex 1 IMO NAVTEX Coordinating Panel

Annex 2 Procedure for amending the NAVTEX Manual

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