IMO – NAV 58 – Amendments to AUSREP reporting system


The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), has reviewed Australia’s vessel tracking and reporting requirements taking into account the IMO’s International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR).

The review determined that Australian Ship Reporting System (AUSREP) has served the needs of mariners well, but needs to be redeveloped to reflect developments in technology and future needs for ship reporting information.

This review has been the catalyst for the design and development of a Modernised Australian Ship Tracking and Reporting System (MASTREP).

The transition to MASTREP will occur in two phases, with a focus on maximising the use of new technology and minimising manual reporting requirements.

Position reporting will be automated using the Automatic Identification System (AIS). This will alleviate the obligation for ships to provide 24-hourly reports. In addition, the data in the system will be more accurate, as data will be fed into the system using AIS – either collected terrestrially or by satellite – and filtered to a five-minute update rate. Positional data will be available at best at five-minute intervals (terrestrial AIS data) or at worst, up to five hours depending on satellite constellation size and revisit rate.

Greater visibility of vessels in Australia’s Search and Rescue region will enhance the ability to prosecute a SAR incident, ensuring the appropriate vessels will be tasked to respond.
The transition from AUSREP to MASTREP will commence with phase 1 in July 2012 and phase 2 in July 2013 as follows:

Phase One – Expected date of completion : July 2012

• Position Reports will no longer required to be submitted by vessels – information will be obtained from AIS

• Communications with vessels will continue to be available through Inmarsat, HF, satellite phone and other means

• All other reporting remains unchanged (including sailing plans – initial report – final report, pollution and special reports)
Phase Two – Expected date of completion : July 2013

• All positional reporting for ships will be sourved from AIS. SAR watch component of 24- hour reports will cease as vessel reports will be more frequent and systems will be implemented to automatically monitor reports.

• Sailing plan (initial report) and final report requirements will cease

• Communications with vessels will continue to be available through Inmarsat, HF, satellite phone and other means

• Other reporting requirements remain unchanged

• Master will replace AUSREP as the internationally recognized Australian ship reporting system



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