Long-range identification and tracking (LRIT)

The Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system provides for the global identification and tracking of ships.

The obligations of ships to transmit LRIT information and the rights and obligations of SOLAS Contracting Governments and of Search and rescue services to receive LRIT information are established in regulation V/19-1 of the 1974 SOLAS Convention. 

The LRIT system consists of the shipborne LRIT information transmitting equipment, the Communication Service Provider(s), the Application Service Provider(s), the LRIT Data Centre(s), including any related Vessel Monitoring System(s), the LRIT Data Distribution Plan and the International LRIT Data Exchange. Certain aspects of the performance of the LRIT system are reviewed or audited by the LRIT Coordinator acting on behalf of all SOLAS Contracting Governments.

 
 

 

 

LRIT information is provided to Contracting Governments to the 1974 SOLAS Convention and Search and rescue services entitled to receive the information, upon request, through a system of National, Regional and Cooperative LRIT Data Centres using the International LRIT Data Exchange. 

Each Administration should provide to the LRIT Data Centre it has selected, a list of the ships entitled to fly its flag, which are required to transmit LRIT information, together with other salient details and should update, without undue delay, such lists as and when changes occur. Ships should only transmit the LRIT information to the LRIT Data Centre selected by their Administration.

Related Documents

Title Date
MSC.1/Circ.1259/Rev.8

LRIT Technical documentation (Part I)

MSC.1/Circ.1294/Rev.6

LRIT Technical documentation (Part II)

MSC.1/Circ.1295

Guidance in relation to certain types of ships which are required to transmit LRIT information, on exemptions and equivalents and on certain operation matters

MSC.1/Circ.1298

Guidance on the implementation of the LRIT system

MSC.1/Circ.1307

Guidance on the survey and certification of compliance of ships with the requirement to transmit LRIT information

MSC.1/Circ.1338

Guidance to search and rescue services in relation to requesting and receiving LRIT information

MSC.1/Circ.1376/Rev.3

Continuity of service plan for the LRIT system

MSC.1/Circ.1412/Rev.2

Principles and guidelines relating to the review and audit of the performance of LRIT Data Centres and the International LRIT Data Exchange

MSC 86/INF.16

LRIT Data Distribution Plan - Accessing and entering information Guidance notes for Contracting Governments Developmental and integration testing Guidance notes for LRIT Data Centres

Resolution MSC.202(81)

2006 SOLAS (chapter V) amendments

Resolution MSC.211(81)

Arrangements for the timely establishment of the Long range identification and tracking system

Resolution MSC.242(83)

Use of Long-range identification and tracking information for safety and marine environmental protection purposes

Resolution MSC.263(84)

Revised performance standards and functional requirements for the long-range identification and tracking of ships

Resolution MSC.264(84)

Establishment of the International LRIT Data Exchange on an interim basis

Resolution MSC.275(85)

Appointment of the LRIT Coordinator

Resolution MSC.276(85)

Operation of the International LRIT Data Exchange on an interim basis

Resolution MSC.297(87)

Establishment of the International LRIT Data Exchange

Resolution MSC.298(87)

Establishment of a distribution facility for the provision of LRIT information to security forces operating in waters of the Gulf of Aden and the western Indian Ocean

Resolution MSC.322(89)

Operation of the International LRIT Data Exchange

Resolution MSC.330(90)

Adoption of amendments to the Revised performance standards and functional requirements for the long-range identification and tracking of ships (Resolution MSC.263(84))

Resolution MSC.331(90)

Adoption of amendments to Resolution MSC.298(87) on Establishment of a distribution facility

Resolution MSC.361(92)

Operation of the International LRIT Data Exchange after 2013

Resolution MSC.400(95)

Amendments to the Revised performance standards and functional requirements for the long-range identification and tracking of ships (Resolution MSC.263(84))

Authorized testing ASPs

List of application service providers authorized to conduct conformance tests and issue LRIT Conformance test reports on behalf of the Administrations (extracted from GISIS).