6 Exemptions and equivalents
(the provisions of this section apply to ships and to FPSOs, FSUs, offshore supply vessels, special purpose ships and A.494(XII)-ships which are required to transmit LRIT information and any reference to a ship below should be considered as including all the aforesaid)
6.1.1 Although the provisions of regulation V/19-1 do not include any expressed provisions which allow or enable an Administration to grant exemptions from, or equivalents to, the requirement to transmit LRIT information, when such exemptions or equivalents are warranted, Administrations may invoke, in lieu, the provisions of regulation V/3.2 when considering or granting any exemptions or equivalents to the provisions of regulation V/19-1. In such cases, the Administration concerned should comply with the provisions of regulation V/3.3.
6.1.2 Administrations, when invoking the provisions of regulation V/3.2, should take, in addition to what is expressly stipulated in the aforesaid regulation, the effect such exemptions or equivalents have on measures established by the Organization with a view to enhancing maritime security and should consult with the Contracting Government(s) within whose jurisdiction the port(s) or place(s) to which the ship is proceeding to is/are located and with the Contracting Government(s) of the coast of which the ship might be navigating.
6.1.3 Notwithstanding any additional conditions which the Administration concerned may stipulate when granting exemptions or equivalents from the requirement to transmit LRIT information, the ship concerned should be required, in lieu of transmitting LRIT information, to either:
- provide a copy of the voyage or passage plan 1 for the specific voyage to the Contracting Government within whose jurisdiction the port or place to which the ship is proceeding to is located and to the Contracting Governments of the coast of which the ship might be navigating and any changes thereto; or
- report its positions at regular intervals, to be determined by the Administration taking into account the specific voyage or passage plan, to the aforesaid Contracting Governments, if provided with the means for doing so.
6.2.1 Ships which are not normally engaged on international voyages but which, in exceptional circumstances, are required to undertake a single international voyage may be exempted from the requirement to transmit LRIT information, pursuant to the provisions of regulation I/4(a), exemptions from the requirements of regulations IV/7 to IV/11 for a single voyage.
6.2.2 Ships fitted with automatic identification system (AIS) and operating exclusively within sea area A1, may, for the purpose of employment in another sea area A1, undertake a single voyage outside sea area A1 during the course of which may be exempted from the requirement to transmit LRIT information.
6.2.3 Ships which may be granted, pursuant to the provisions of regulations IV/3.1 and IV/3.2.2, exemptions from the requirements of regulations IV/7 to IV/11 for a single voyage and not fitted with radiocommunication or other shipborne equipment which may be used to transmit LRIT information, may be exempted from the requirement to transmit LRIT information during the course of such single voyages.
1 Refer to resolution A.893(21) on Guidelines for voyage planning.