3 - Format and content of report times and geographical Positions for submitting reports, authority to whom reports Should be sent, available services
The ship report short title "FINREP", shall be made to the ship reporting centre located at FINISTERRE.
The information requested from ships shall be provided in the standard reporting format, given in paragraph 2 of the appendix to IMO resolution A.648(16).
A ship may elect, for reasons of commercial confidentiality, to communicate that section of the FINREP ENTRY report which provides information on cargo (line P) by non-verbal means prior to entering the system.
The report from a ship to the VTS should contain only information which is essential to achieve the objectives of the system:
- Information considered essential:
Name of the ship, call sign, IMO identification number.
|C or D
|G and I
Last and next port of call
Hazardous cargo, class and quantity, if applicable.
|Q or R
Breakdown, damage and/or deficiencies affecting the structure, cargo or equipment of the ship or any other circumstances affecting normal navigation, in accordance with the provisions of the SOLAS and MARPOL Conventions.
- Information considered necessary:
E and F - Course and speed of the ship.
On receipt of a position message, operators of the VTS will establish the relation between the ship´s position and the information supplied by the facilities available to them. The information on heading and speed will facilitate the VTS operator´s task of identifying a ship within a group.
3.3 Geographical position for submitting reports
Ships entering the area of coverage shall report to the Finisterre Traffic VTS when crossing the limits mentioned in paragraph 2.1 or when leaving the ports or anchorages in the area.
To facilitate the positioning of ships and to ensure compliance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 and especially Rule 10 thereof, radio beacons with a range of more than 32 nautical miles have been installed on the coast, located at Mount Xastas, Cape Finisterre and Cape Villano.
The shore-based authority is Finisterre VTS which forms part of the Area Search and Rescue and Pollution Control Co-ordination Centre (CZCS Finisterre). The CZCS Finisterre is a Co-ordination Centre under the authority of the Spanish Government Search and Rescue and Maritime Safety Division. The Division, administered by the Ministry of Development, is entrusted, among other responsibilities, with providing services relating to maritime search and rescue, vessel traffic control and assistance, and prevention and control of pollution of the marine environment.
3.5 Services offered:
FINISTERRE VTS broadcast regular information regarding warnings to mariners and traffic, navigational and weather conditions in the area, in Spanish and English