Reporting System

SHIPPOS is the radio reporting system for Danish waters of the Baltic Sea, including the 17m minimum depth route known as Route T. Its object is to ensure the safety of navigation and reduce the risk of pollution of Danish coasts and waters that may result from grounding or collisions of oil tankers, gas tankers, and chemical tankers by:

1. Informing shipping about the movements of large vessels, so that smaller vessels can take into account the limited maneuverability of these larger vessels and to avoid the risks of large vessels meeting one another in areas where it is difficult to pass.

2. Informing vessels about navigational hazards en route and about deviations of currents, water levels, and wave heights from their normal conditions.

3. Notifying ferry traffic S of Sprogo in Storebaelt about the passage of large vessels.

4. Facilitating early and effective pollution response action in case of an accident.

5. All vessels with a draft of 10m or more may participate in the procedures of transiting the ferry route S of Sprogo. SHIPPOS is a voluntary reporting system which applies to:

1. All vessels of 20,000 grt and over.

2. All loaded oil, gas, and chemical tankers of 1,600 grt and over.

3. All vessels with a draft of 13m and more.

4. All vessels carrying radioactive materials.

5. All vessels with a draft of 10m or more may participate in the procedures of transiting the ferry route S of Sprogo. Vessels of over 40,000 dwt are recommended by IMO to participate in this service while passing through the entrances to the Baltic Sea.

Note.—Participation in SHIPPOS does not relieve the ship of its duty to participate in the IMO-adopted mandatory VTS Reporting System in the Great Belt. Further information on this reporting system can be found in paragraph 2.9 of Pub. 194, Sailing Directions (Enroute) Baltic Sea (Southern Part).

There are five types of SHIPPOS messages:

2. Position Report (PR).

3. Deviation Report (DR).

5. Incident Report (IR).

Vessels should send all reports to SHIPPOS Aarhus through any Danish coast radio station. These reports are free of charge.

The format for SHIPPOS messages is, as follows:

The Sailing Plan (SP) consists of the words SHIPPOS and SP, followed by the format lines listed in "Information Required in SHIPPOS Reports" and should be sent:

1. On passing latitude 57°45'N (Skagen/Skaw) southbound.

2. On passing the "Mon" or "Sound S" reporting lines when outbound from the Baltic Sea.

3. Two hours prior to departing a Danish Baltic port.

4. Before passing the first reporting line in Danish waters if the SP has not been sent under 1, 2, or 3 above.

The Position Report (PR) consists of the words SHIPPOS and PR, followed by the format lines listed in "Information Required in SHIPPOS Reports" and should be sent when crossing the reporting lines, as follows:

3. Sound N—A line joining Nakkehoved and Kullen. The Deviation Report (DR) consists of the words SHIPPOS

and DR, followed by the format lines listed in "Information Re-quired in SHIPPOS Reports" and should be sent in the event of the following:

1. A change in destination.

2. A change of more than 30 minutes in ETA at the next reporting line or destination.

The Final Report (FR) consists of the words SHIPPOS and FR, followed by the format lines listed in "Information Required in SHIPPOS Reports" and should be sent, as follows:

1. On passing latitude 57 45'N (Skagen/Skaw) northbound or westbound.

2. On passing the "Mon" or "Sound S" reporting lines eastbound or southbound.

3. On arrival at a Danish port.

4. On leaving Danish waters at any other point.

The Incident Report (IR) consists of the words SHIPPOS and IR, followed by the format lines listed in "Information Required in SHIPPOS Reports" and should be sent in the event of one of the following:

1. Any deficiency which might adversely affect safe navigation.

2. Any incident which might cause pollution.

3. Any spillage of oil or other harmful substance from the vessel.

4. Sighting of pollution, not coming from own vessel.

SHIPPOS Information Broadcasts are made by Lyngby Coast Radio Station from remotely-controlled transmitters every 3 hours, commencing at 0220, following an announcement on VHF channel 16. The broadcasts contain information on the position of vessels of 20,000 grt and over and vessels with a draft of 13m and over, participating in SHIPPOS, together with information about actual water levels and navigational warnings in force for Route T. The transmitter locations and broadcast channel are, as follows:

Designator

Information Required

A

Vessel name and call sign.

B

Day of month (2 figures) and time in hours and minutes (UT(GMT) in 4 figures).

C

Latitude (4 figures with N) and longitude (4 figures with E).

D

True bearing (3 figures) and distance in nautical miles from identified landmark, port of arrival or departure, or designation of reporting line. Latitude (4 figures with N) and longitude (4 figures with E).

E

Course (3 figures).

F

Speed in knots and tenths of knots (3 figures).

G

Port of departure.

I

Destination and ETA (given as in B).

J

Pilot carried (state whether deep sea or local pilot).

L

Route—Position of each turn point should be given as in C, together with type of intended track between each point (RL—rhumb line, GC—great circle, or Coast).

N

Time of next report (given as in B).

O

Draft in meters and centimeters (4 digits).

P

Type and quantity of cargo.

Q

Defects or damage.

R

Pollution—brief details and position given as in C or D.

U

Vessel length, beam, grt, and type.

X

Remarks.

Transmitter Location

VHF Channel

Skagen (57°44'N., 10°36'E.)

VHF channel 4

Laeso (57°17'N., 11°03'E.)

VHF channel 64

Anholt (56°42'N., 11°35'E.)

VHF channel 7

Transmitter Location

VHF Channel

Fornaes (56°27'N., 10°57'E.)

VHF channel 5

Rosnaes (55°44'N., 10°55'E.)

VHF channel 2

Karleby (54°47'N., 12°02'E.)

VHF channel 63

Mon (54°57'N., 12°33'E.)

VHF channel 2

Information required in SHIPPOS Reports:

Information Required in SHIPPOS Reports

Line

SP

DR

PR

FR

IR

A

R

R

R

R

R

B

R

R

R

R

R

C

R—either Line C or Line D

D

R—either Line C or Line D

E

O

O

R

F

O

O

R

G

O

I

R

I

J

O

O

O

O

O

L

R

I

N

R

I

R

O

R

P

R

O

Q

R

R

R

R

R

I

I

I

R

U

R

X

O

O

O

O

O

The following serves as a key to the table above:

Designator

Meaning

R

Required

O

Optional

I

If appropriate

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