NAVTEX Manual, 2012 Edition (ID951E)

Published Date

December 2012

Also available in other formats:

NAVTEX Manual, 2012 Edition (ID951E)

(Excludes any applicable taxes)

This manual is intended, primarily, for use by maritime Administrations and others concerned with the preparation and broadcasting of maritime safety information. It will also be of interest to seafarers, shipowners and others who need to receive such information in order to safely go about their business at sea.

Be the first to review this product

NAVTEX is an international automated direct-printing service for promulgation of navigational and meteorological warnings and other urgent information to ships. It is one of the two principal methods used for broadcasting maritime safety information in accordance with the provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended. It has been developed to provide a low-cost, simple and automated means of receiving maritime safety information and Search and Rescue alerts on board ships at sea and in coastal waters. The information transmitted may be relevant to all sizes and types of vessel and the selective message-rejection feature ensures that every mariner can receive safety information broadcasts which are relevant to their voyage.

This fifth edition includes a number of amendments which reflect the recent updates to the Joint IMO/IHO/WMO Manual on Maritime Safety Information. The definitions have been extensively expanded, along with the technical explanations of the “B” characters which make up the alphanumeric code of each NAVTEX message. New sections include examples of navigational warnings and meteorological messages, responsibilities of a NAVTEX Co-ordinator and mutual interference between NAVTEX stations.


1 General information

2 NAVTEX service

3 General features of the NAVTEX system

4 Planning NAVTEX services

5 NAVTEX message technical characters

6 Message identity

7 Message format

8 Language and national broadcast options

9 Information control

10 Message content

11 Message priorities and broadcast procedures in the International NAVTEX service

12 Responsibilities of a NAVTEX Co-ordinator

13 Best practice for those using the service

14 Mutual interference between NAVTEX stations

15 Notification of NAVTEX services


Annex 1 IMO NAVTEX Co-ordinating Panel terms of reference

Annex 2 Recommendation ITU-R M.540 – Operational and technical characteristics for an automated

direct-printing telegraph system for promulgation of navigational and meteorological warnings and urgent information to ships

Annex 3 Resolution MSC.148(77) – Adoption of the revised performance standards for narrow-band

direct-printing telegraph equipment for the reception of navigational and meteorological warnings and urgent information to ships (NAVTEX)

Annex 4 Resolution A.801(19), annex 4 – Criteria for use when providing a NAVTEX service

Annex 5 Procedure for amending the NAVTEX Manual

A​​s a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.  

In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: NAVTEX Manual, 2012 Edition (ID951E)
Number of Pages: 65
Product Code: MM1021K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280115628, ISBN 10: 9280115626
Published Date: December 2012
Weight: 0.50 kg
Author: IMO

Write Your Own Review

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register