PART A (External Communications)

A1/1 Distress traffic

It should be noted that the use of Standard Phrases in vessels' external communications does not in any way exempt from application of the radiotelephone procedures as set out in the ITU Radio Regulations.

A1/1.1 Distress communications

Note: A distress traffic always has to commence with stating the position of the vessel in distress as specified in “GENERAL 11 Positions /13 Bearings” if it is not included in the DSC distress alert.

.1 Fire, explosion

.1 I am (MV ... is) on fire (- after explosion).

.2 Where is the fire?

.2.1 Fire is

~ on deck.

~ in engine-room.

~ in hold(s).

~ in superstructure / accommodation/... .

.3 Are dangerous goods on fire?

.3.1 Yes, dangerous goods are on fire.

.3.2 No, dangerous goods are not on fire.

.4 Is there danger of explosion?

.4.1 Yes, danger of explosion.

.4.2 No danger of explosion.

.5 I am (MV ... is) not under command. (an NUC vessel)

.6 Is the fire under control?

.6.1 Yes, fire is under control.

.6.2 No, fire is not under control.

.7 What kind of assistance is required?

.7.1 I do not (MV ... does not) require assistance.

.7.2 I require (MV ... requires)

~ fire fighting assistance.

~ breathing apparatus - smoke is toxic.

~ foam extinguishers / CO2 extinguishers.

~ fire pumps.

~ medical assistance/... .

.8 Report injured persons.

.8.1 No persons injured.

.8.2 Number of injured persons / casualties: ... .

.2 Flooding

.1 I am (MV ... is) flooding below water line / in the engine room / in the hold(s).

.2 I (MV ...) cannot control flooding.

.3 What kind of assistance is required?

.3.1 I require (MV ...) requires pumps / divers, ... .

.3.2 I will send pumps / divers/... .

.3.3 I cannot send pumps / divers ... .

.4 I have (MV ... has) dangerous list to port side / starboard (… degrees).

.5 I am (MV ... is) in critical condition.

.6 Flooding is under control.

.7 I (MV ...) can proceed without assistance.

.8 I require (MV ... requires) escort / tug assistance/... .

.3 Collision

.1 I have (MV ... has) collided

~ with MV... .

~ with unknown vessel / object / ... .

~ with ...(name) light vessel.

~ with seamark ... (charted name).

~ with iceberg / ... .

.2 Report damage.

.2.1 I have (MV .. has) damage above / below water line.

.2.2 I am (MV ... is) not under command.

.2.3 I (MV ….) cannot establish damage.

.2.4 I (MV ….) cannot repair damage.

.2.5 I (MV ... .) can only proceed at slow speed.

.3 What kind of assistance is required?

.3.1 I require (MV ... requires) / escort / tug assistance /... .



.4 Grounding

.1 I am (MV ... is) aground.

.2 I require (MV ... requires) tug assistance / pumps / ... .

.3 What part of your vessel is aground?

.3.1 Aground forward / amidships / aft / full length.

.3.2 I cannot establish which part is aground.

.4 Warning. Uncharted rocks in position ... .

.5 Risk of grounding at low water.

.6 I (MV ... ) will jettison cargo to refloat.

.6.1 Warning! Do not jettison IMO-Class cargo!

.7 When do you (does MV ...) expect to refloat?

.7.1 I expect (MV ... expects) to refloat

~ at ... UTC.

~ when tide rises.

~ when weather improves.

~ when draft decreases.

~ with tug assistance / ... .

.8 Can you (can MV ...) beach?

.8.1 I (MV ...) can / will beach in position ... .

.8.2 I (MV ...) cannot beach.

.5 List - danger of capsizing

.1 I have (MV ... has) dangerous list to port / starboard.

.2 I (MV ...) will

~ transfer cargo / bunkers to stop listing.

~ jettison cargo to stop listing.

.3 I am (MV ...) in danger of capsizing (list increasing).

.6 Sinking

.1 I am (MV ... is) sinking after collision / grounding / flooding / explosion /.

.2 I require (MV ... requires) assistance.

.3 I am (MV ...) proceeding / coming to your assistance.

.4 ETA at distress position within ... hours / at ... UTC.

.7 Disabled and adrift

.1 I am (MV ... is)

~ not under command.

~ adrift.

~ drifting at ... knots to ... (cardinal points).

~ drifting into danger.

.2 I require (MV ... requires) tug assistance.

.8 Armed attack / piracy

.1 I am (MV ... is) under attack by pirates.

.1.1 I (MV ...) was under attack by pirates.

.2 I require (MV ... requires) assistance.

.3 What kind of assistance is required?

.3.1 I require (MV ... requires)

~ medical assistance.

~ navigational assistance.

~ military assistance.

~ tug assistance.

~ escort / ... .

.4 Report damage.

.4.1 I have (MV .. has)

~ no damage.

~ damage to navigational equipment / ... .

.4.2 I am (MV ... is) not under command.

.5 Can you / can MV ... proceed?



.5.1 Yes, I (MV ...) can proceed.

.5.2 No, I (MV ...) cannot proceed.

.9 Undesignated distress

.1 I have (MV ... has) problems with cargo / engine(s) / navigation / ... .

.2 I require (MV ... requires) ... .

.10 Abandoning vessel

.1 I (crew of MV ...) must abandon vessel ... after explosion / collision /

grounding / flooding / piracy / armed attack / ... .

.11 Person overboard

. 1 I have (MV ... has) lost person(s) overboard in position ... .

. 2 Assist with search in vicinity of position ... .

. 3 All vessels in vicinity of position ... keep sharp lookout and report to ... .

. 4 I am (MV… is) proceeding for assistance. ETA at ... UTC / within ... hours.

. 5 Search in vicinity of position ... .

. 5.1 I am (MV ... is) searching in vicinity of position ... .

. 6 Aircraft ETA at ... UTC / within ... hours to assist in search.

. 7 Can you continue search?

. 7.1 Yes, I can continue search.

. 7.2 No, I cannot continue search.

. 8 Stop search.

. 8.1 Return to ... .

. 8.2 Proceed with your voyage.

.10 What is the result of search?

.10.1 The result of search is negative.

.11 I / MV ... located / picked up person(s) in position ... .

.12 Person picked up is crew/member / passenger of MV ... .

.13 What is condition of person(s)?

.13.1 Condition of person(s) bad / good.

.13.2 Person(s) dead.


3.5.3 SMCP (cont’d)

PART A (External Communications), continued:


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