Archive - 1999 Press Briefings
press briefings issued in 1999

Harmonized system of ship survey and certification to enter into force in 2000 - 4/3/1999
A harmonized system of survey and certification covering international shipping regulations will enter into force on 3 February 2000.

Ship distress and safety communications enter new era - 1/2/1999
Ship distress and safety communications entered a new era with the full implementation of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) - an integrated communications system using satellite and terrestrial radiocommunications to ensure that no matter where a ship is in distress, aid can be dispatched.

Frequently Asked Questions about the GMDSS - 31/1/1999
Frequently Asked Questions about the GMDSS.

Seafarers Memorial Trust Fund reaches first US$1 million - 18/1/1999
Donations and pledges to the Seafarers Memorial Trust Fund have topped the US$1 million mark. The Fund was established in 1998.

Passenger information required on all passenger ships from 1 January 1999 - 1/1/1999
From 1 January 1999, details of passengers on board ships, including name and gender and whether adult child or infant, must be recorded for search and rescue purposes. Also on January 1, 1999, amendments to the revised International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and Code, concerning training for personnel on passenger ships, enter into force.

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