What is INSPIRES Reporting ?

  • All Indian ships of tonnage 100 GRT to 299 GRT, which are not fully complying with GMDSS requirements may send relevant reports by VHF Channel 16 or MF band through Coast Guard station located along the coast line of India or as an alternate, the ship owner of such ships upon receipt of relevant report shall forward/ relay to the nearest COMCEN Vishakhapatnam / Mumbai as the case may be.
  • All ships other than Indian ships of tonnage 100 GRT to 299 GRT, which are not fully complying with GMDSS requirements are encouraged to send relevant reports by VHF Channel 16 or MF band through Coast Guard station located along the coast line of India or as an alternate, the ship owner of such ships upon receipt of relevant report shall forward/ relay to the nearest COMCEN Vishakhapatnam / Mumbai as the case may be.
  • INSPIRES reports can be sent to Indian Navy COMCENs Vishakhapatnam and Mumbai.
  • Necessity to enhance participation of all ships / vessels in INDSAR / INSPIRES reporting systems:-
  • Recognizing the fact that the security threats to the International shipping and occurrence of marine casualties in the Indian sub- continent especially in Arabian Sea have considerably gone up in the recent years in spite of concrete initiative taken by the Maritime Administration. It is therefore essential for the Ship -Owners, Ship Managers, Shipping Agents, and Ship Masters to extend maximum cooperation and support to the Indian administration by actively participating in the above said systems. The effectiveness in implementing the system can only be measured by sending as many reports as possible to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Naval Controller of Shipping office in respect of INDSAR / INSPIRES respectively.
  • All ships entering or transiting ISSR / INSPIRES areas irrespective of flag shall carry a copy of a latest edition of Indian Notices to Mariners- Special Edition (Edition- 2008) on board as reference document, and also be guided by the detailed procedures specified in IMO Resolution A. 851(20).
  • To exercise control measures for the purpose of compliance with the provisions of National and International laws, the Port state and Flag state inspectors may check the records of relevant reports sent to Coast Guard / NCSO under INDSAR / INSPIRES systems respectively.
  • The non-compliance shall be recorded in the prescribed report issued by the PSC / FSI Inspector of Mercantile Marine Department to the master for the purpose of timely corrective measures prior to departure of the vessel from the port. 5.5 All Indian ships above 100 GRT if observed to be contravening these directives, the Ship Owner, Ship Manager or the Ship Master shall be liable for committing an offence under the provision of M.S. Act, 1958.
  • Reporting procedures for both INDSAR and INSPIRES with respect to the type of reports, the format of reporting and mode of reporting are explained in the Special Edition of Indian Notices to Mariners No. 8 as well as, in Admiralty list of Radio Signals Volume 5.
  • In order to maintain the continuity in this ship reporting system, the vessels trading around the coast of India and transiting through the Sri Lanka SRR and re-entering the India SRR are requested to send the prescribed report to INDSAR on continual basis.

 

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