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1 History 

The use of radio communications, for maritime purposes, has been an important part of ship safety and port operations, for many years. Some of the history even dates back to the early part of the 20th century.

Here is some History on maritime radio communications.

2 Main CEPT documents on maritime communications

  • ERC Decision (99)01 on the harmonised examination syllabifor the General Operator’s Certificate (GOC)and the Restricted Operator’s Certificate (ROC) (amended in 2015)
  • ECC Recommendation (10)03 on harmonised CEPT examination procedures for the long range certificate (LRC) for non-SOLAS vessels 
  • ERC Recommendation 31-06 on the harmonised content of certificates issued by administrations for the GOC and ROC to facilitate the mutual recognistion of these certificates 
  • ERCRecommendation 31-04 on the harmonised CEPT examination procedures for the short range certificate (SRC) for non-SOLAS vessels (including a guidance document on the implementation)


In 2016, the ERC Decision of 1 June 1999 on the Universal Shipborne Automatic Identification System (AIS) channels in the maritime VHF band was reviewed and it was concluded that this Decision (ERC Decision (99)17) was suitable for withdrawal and no longer needed. ERC Decision (99)17 supported the implementation of these common AIS channels throughout the CEPT following the WRC-97, and it is considered that this implementation process has been completed. Report ITU-R M.2231-1 describes in full the use of Appendix 18 to the ITU Radio Regulations for the maritime mobile service. Hence, an ERC Decision is not needed any longer.

3 National information on maritime communications

  • The usage of Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), please click here
  • Requirements for usage of Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), please click here
  • UHF frequencies authorised in CEPT countries for Maritime Communications, please click here
  • Contact points for the verification of maritime radio operator’s certificates, please click here  


4 ECC/WGFM Maritime Forum Group

Inside of the ECC, maritime communication aspects are discussed in the Maritime Forum Group



Updated: 17 November 2016, 22:47