The Modernised Australian Ship Tracking and Reporting System (MASTREP) is a Ship Reporting System designed to contribute to safety of life at sea and is operated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) through AMSA Search and Rescue in Canberra. Participation in MASTREP is mandatory for certain vessels but others are encouraged to participate.



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AMVER

Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System a worldwide voluntary system operated exclusively to support SAR and to make information available to all RCCs. It sponsored by the United States Coast Guard. It is a computer-based global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond. Participating in AMVER does not put ships under any additional obligation to assist in search and rescue efforts, beyond that which is required under international law.

IDSAR

The Indian (maritime) search and rescue (computerized ship reporting system), developed by the Indian coast guard, is a unique computer-based, and voluntary ship reporting system used by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to people in distress at sea. With INDSAR, rescue co-ordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to the scene. Participating ships send voyage messages to the INDSAR centre managed by the coast guard at MRCC Mumbai via INMARSAT 'C'.

SISTRAM

(Maritime Traffic Information System). It was created to help satisfy the requirements and recommendations of international conventions such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). It is aimed at overseeing the movement of vessels in a specific area so that prompt assistance can be provided in emergency situations. It is mandatory for vessels sailing under the Brazilian flag and those chartered by Brazilian ship owners to join SISTRAM by reporting their position and navigation data anywhere in the world. Vessels sailing under foreign flags, not chartered to Brazilian owners, are invited to join SISTRAM by reporting their position and navigation data while sailing in Brazilian jurisdictional waters (200 miles from the coast). It is mandatory for such ships to join SISTRAM while sailing in Brazilian territorial waters (12 miles from the coast).

CHISREP

An active ship reporting system managed by China. Besides the ability of plotting ships, CHISREP has several unique features compared with other ship reporting system. Firstly, CHISREP can certify the safety of ships by an automatic early warning of ship not transmitting reports as predicted. That is, CHISREP keeps a close watch on the reporting ships all the time. Secondly, CHISREP employs specific personnel to plot ships in uncertain conditions or in distress, through which a certain search area are able to be suggested for the SAR centre. Thirdly, CHISREP can transfer the reports through telex or e-mail in accordance with ship’s requirement.

AUSREP

Australian Ship Reporting System based in Canberra.
Main aim: development & co-ordination of SAR.
Required to be complied with by all Australian trading ships and overseas ship in Australian waters.

Failure to report to AUSREP:

Within first 2 hours:

  • A traffic list is broadcast with the vessel call sign requesting the master to send the overdue report.

After 6 hours:

  • Broadcast of ship's call sign with JJJ/Report (immediately indicator)
  • Traffic list indicating concern due to non-receipt of PR/FR.
  • Communications check with Australian & overseas radio stations, owners, agents and other vessel will be carried out to track the vessel on the last sighting or contact.

21 hours delay

  • JJJ report upgraded to Urgency signal.
  • Search planning will be in progress

24 hours delay

  • Full search, including launching of search aircraft when possible.

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