Thursday, January 23, 2014

P&I Group Advise Further Delay to Vessel Report System Which Affects Vessels from Yachts to Tankers

SISTRAM Tools Aimed at Fulfilling SOLAS Requirement Pushed Back Again
Shipping News Feature

BRAZIL – The Shipowners Club, which provides marine liability insurance including P&I for members which include just about every branch of specialist fleet, from yachts and fishing boats to oil tankers and cargo ships, inform us that its Brazilian correspondents have advised a further delay in the introduction of the country’s SISTRAM maritime advice system. After advice that 15 January was the likely inception date, this has now been pushed back again. Aimed at saving lives at sea the system is due to operate in a similar manner to the United States AMVER and Australian AUSREP systems.

As a member of the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention, Brazil is committed to assist vessels in emergency situation at SAR area under Brazilian responsibility. In order to monitor and control the movement of vessels in this area the navy developed an electronic system called SISTRAM (Sistema de informações do tráfego marítimo - Maritime Traffic information System), under the control of the Maritime Traffic Naval Control Command (COMCONTRAM).

Vessels sailing under foreign flags and not chartered to Brazilian owners are to have a mandatory obligation to report their routes and any notifiable incidents whilst within 12 miles of the country’s coast and requested to provide the same information while sailing in the Brazilian jurisdictional waters (200 miles from the coast). Vessels sailing with the Brazilian flag and any chartered by Brazilian shipowners are obligated to report routes and navigation facts anywhere in the world.

The system was to be in force as from 31 October 2013 but was delayed and has now been put back until 28 February this year. At this time it is not known what the sanctions for not providing the mandatory information will be, but full details of the system, the information required and the areas affected can be seen HERE.

Photo: A shot of a Brazilian rescue helicopter a split second before it crashed off Copacabana beach a year ago whilst trying to save a swimmer who was in trouble. Both crew and swimmer survived.