Applicability: All owners and operators of vessels fitted with GMDSS equipment.

IMO has published Resolutions MSC.430(98) and MSC.431(98), relating to amendments to the performance standards for Enhanced Group Call (EGC) and NAVTEX receiving equipment. Equipment installed on or after 1 July 2019 should be type approved to the amended performance standards.

GMDSS radio equipment for receiving NAVTEX broadcasts and EGC equipment for receiving maritime safety information broadcasts are required by SOLAS regulation IV/7. The equipment is required, by SOLAS regulation IV/14, to be type approved to the appropriate performance standards. 

Designers, shipbuilders and owners should ensure EGC and NAVTEX equipment installed on or after 1 July 2019 are appropriately type approved.

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