International Standards for Ship Radio and Satellite Equipment - Australian Government


You will be required to comply with this standard if you operate a ship registered in Australia, or any ship in the territorial sea of Australia.

The radio installations of a ship must comply with the relevant requirements of the Radio Regulations, the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW), the International Convention on Standards of Trainingg, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW/ Code, and Chapter IV of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).

The installations of a ship earth station must comply with the following standards, as far as is practical:

  • International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Resolution A.694(17): General requirements for shipborne radio equipment forming part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System and for electronic navigational aids
  • IMO Resolution A.808(19): Performance standards for ship earth stations
  • IMO Resolution A.807(19): Performance standards for Inmarsat C ship earth stations capable of transmitting and receiving direct-printing communications, as amended by IMO Resolution MSC.68(68)
  • International Electrotechnical Commission Publication IEC 60533: Electrical and Electronic Installations in Ships-Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
  • Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) Standard RPS 3 - Maximum exposure levels to Radiofrequency Fields 3 kHz to 300 GHz (2002).[19].

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

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Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 AG

Regulation(s) name

Marine Order 27 (Safety of Navigation and Radio Equipment) 2016 AG

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Navigation Safety and International Division

Contact details

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Navigation Safety and International Division

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operating address: 82 Northbourne Avenue
Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6279 5664
Fax: 02 6279 5966