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MPA Singapore informs of VHF reporting in specific sectors

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore informs that working VHF channels of Keppel Control and Pasir Panjang Control have been re-designated to VHF 05 and VHF Ch 18, providing additional information concerning VHF reporting methods.

USCG: How to perform a VHF radio check

The US Coast Guard shared information for mariners of the proper procedure for performing a VHF radio check. From 2 October 2020, the Sea Tow operated an Automated Radio Check System, which was available on VHF Channels 24 to 28 in over 130 locations, is no longer available. 

Avoiding collisions at sea: Risks arising from the use of VHF, AIS

The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (“COLREGS”), as amended, provides general rules to be followed in order to avoid collisions at sea where good seamanship should complement these rules. There has been a significant number of collisions where misuse of VHF radio equipment and AIS information has been established to be a contributory factor.

Communication a main factor of accidents at sea: Three real-life examples

Poor communication has been a main contributing factor in numerous maritime casualties, varying from groundings and collisions to entire ship losses and even worse, fatalities. We picked three accidents from the years 2018 and 2019 to create a better understanding of how this simple-to-hear factor can be vital to a ship’s safety.

JTSB investigation: Ships collision in narrow strait

JTSB issued a report on a collision between the general cargo ship SM3 and the oil tanker Koutoku Maru off Kanmon Port, in September 2018. When communicating with approaching vessels becomes necessary, masters and crew should not only call the vessel’s name but also implement VHF communication proactively, JTSB said.

US Navy working on new technology to enable its unmanned ships to make VHF calls

The US Navy is creating a system for its unmanned robotic warships to be able to communicate like human sailors, allowing the ship to safely navigate through waterways. The goal of his technology is to allows human bridge crews to talk with robot ships using normal speech over the worldwide radio system used for ship-to-ship communication.

VHF radio communication crucial to avoid marine accidents

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority highlights the importance of a two-way communication between the parent vessel and their dories or tenders, to boost safety and “be there” to assist or in case of an urgent medical help.

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