Denmark’s Maritime Authority has issued a summary of the ups and downs of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee this past week. As usual, lifeboats were put on the back-burner.
Ship reporting system for the Sound
The Committee approved the proposal submitted by Denmark and Sweden on a ship reporting system, SOUNDREP, for the Sound. The approval means that the current voluntary reporting system is made mandatory from 1 September 2011. In connection with the reporting system, the Danish and Swedish authorities cooperate on a vessel traffic service that, in addition to vessel traffic monitoring, may provide relevant information to ships navigating the Sound.