Reporting System SURNAV

The SURNAV system is intended to prevent accidental pollution in the territorial water of French Guiana and the waters within 50 miles of the coast of French Guiana. The regulations are mandatory for the following vessels:

1. Vessels carrying the following cargo:

a. Hydrocarbons, including oil (as specified in Appendix 1 to Annex 1 of MARPOL 73).

b. Dangerous substances (Class A and Class B to Appendix 2 to Annex 2 of MARPOL 73).

c. Certain radioactive cargo.

d. Certain bulk chemical products.

e. Bulk liquefied gas.

2. Vessels providing assistance to those vessels listed in paragraph 1 above.

The reports are prefixed with SURNAV-FRANCE and should be sent to the Head of Marine in French Guiana and the French Antilles (CMAG). The reports should be sent through a coast radio station. If the vessel is in a port within French territorial waters, the report should be sent through the relevant port authority.

SURNAV messages are sent, as follows:

1. Inbound and outbound vessels.—Vessels intending to enter the territorial limits of Guadeloupe or from sea or to depart from a port or anchorage in Guadeloupe are required to send a message, the details of which are listed in the table below, prefixed SURNAV-FRANCE, to the CMAG in Martinique 6 hours in advance.

Inbound and Outbound Vessels

Designator

Information required

ALFA

Vessel's name, nationality, and call sign.

BRAVO

Date and time UT (GMT), suffixed ZULU (6 figures DD/HH/MM).

CHARLIE

Position.

ECHO

Course.

FOXTROT

Speed.

INDIA

Destination.

JULIETT

Date, time UT (GMT), and position of entering territorial waters, or Date, time UT(GMT), and place of getting underway.

KILO

Date, time UT (GMT), and position of leaving territorial waters, or Date and time UT (GMT), of arrival at destination (port, anchorage, waiting position, deballasting position) within territorial waters.

NOVEMBER

Radio watch maintained.

PAPA

Draft.

QUEBEC

Cargo—type (as defined by MARPOL 73) and quantity.

Inbound and Outbound Vessels

Designator

Information required

ROMEO

Whether maneuvering capabilities are normal or reduced by damage to the following systems:

• Propulsion machinery.

• Control equipment.

• Anchoring or mooring equipment.

SIERRA

Whether navigational capabilities are normal or reduced by damage to the following systems:

• Radio equipment, especially regarding the ability to send SURNAV message or to monitor VHF channel 16.

• Safety of ballast equipment.

Accidents

Designator

Information required

QUEBEC

Cargo—type (as defined by MARPOL 73) and quantity.

ROMEO

Nature of damage or development of the situation.

TANGO

Any other information.

The message should cover the entire time of transit within the territorial waters, even if the vessels leaves and re-enters the territorial waters during the transit. If the message cannot be sent as recommended above, it should be transmitted by any other means possible.

A correction message should be sent to SURNAV-FRANCE if the vessel changes its intentions or if there is a change in its ability to maneuver and navigate.

2. Accidents.—Any vessel suffering a damage or a defect within 50 miles of the coast of Guadeloupe should send a message, the details of which are listed in the table below, prefixed SURNAV-AVAIRES, to the CMAG in Martinique.

This message does not constitute a request for rescue or assistance. If rescue or assistance is required, the vessel should inform the CMAG.

Vessels should report any developments by means of a SURNAV-AVARIES message. A continuous listening watch should be maintained on VHF channel 16. The vessel should respond to any instructions received by the CMAG.

3. Vessels assisting another vessel.—Any assisting vessel is required, immediately on responding to a call for assistance, to send a message, the details of which are listed in the table below, prefixed SURNAV-AVAIRES, to the CMAG in Martinique.

Assisting Vessels

Designator

Information required

ALFA

Vessel's name, nationality, and call sign.

BRAVO

Date and time UT (GMT), suffixed ZULU (6 figures DD/HH/MM).

CHARLIE

Position of assisting vessel.

ECHO

Course of assisting vessel.

FOXTROT

Speed of assisting vessel.

GOLF

Name and telegraphic address of owner, charterer, and any French consignee.

INDIA

Destination.

JULIETT

Date, time UT (GMT), and position of casualty.

KILO

Name, nationality, and call sign of casualty.

LIMA

Course of casualty or destination, if known.

MIKE

Speed of casualty, if known.

NOVEMBER

Radio watch maintained.

QUEBEC

Cargo of casualty, if known.

ROMEO

Damage to casualty.

TANGO

Any other information.

Vessels should report any developments by means of a SURNAV-AVARIES message. A continuous listening watch should be maintained on VHF channel 16. The vessel should respond to any instructions received by the CMAG.

Accidents

Designator

Information required

ALFA

Vessels name, nationality, and call sign.

BRAVO

Date and time UT (GMT), suffixed ZULU (6 figures DD/HH/MM).

CHARLIE

Position.

ECHO

Course.

FOXTROT

Speed.

INDIA

Destination.

JULIETT

Time UT (GMT) and nature of call for assistance or towage.

KILO

Name of assisting vessel, if present. If not present, its ETA UT (GMT).

MIKE

Name and telegraphic address of owner, charterer, and any French consignee.

NOVEMBER

Radio watch maintained.

PAPA

Draft.

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