Radio Log instructions
In accordance with SOLAS Chapter IV. Part C. regulation 17 «A record shall be kept, to the satisfaction of the Administrator, and os required by the Radio Regulations, of all incidents connected with the radiocommunication service which appear to be of importance to safety of life at sea.»
Further details regarding radio procedures and log keeping can be found in:
• Resolution A.702 (17)
• GMDSS manual in part 5.
• STCW Code, section B-VIII/2 part 3-3: provides guidance on keeping a radio watch, watchkeeping. Operational, distress alert procedures, urgency messages, safety messages, radio records and battery maintenance
• ITU-R: Radio Regulations-Appendix 16.
This log should be placed in an easily accessible location on the bridge and clearly marked and available for inspection by Radio Surveyor and other authorized personnel. This log in its entirety should be used in conjunction with the Flag state or any other National regulations set down in the Vessels Operating procedures.
I. Instruction in How to complete the Radio Log Book
The log is divided into four sections. А. В. C. D and Annex. Please read these notes before completing each sections
Enter all the vessels particulars
Enter the method(s) used to ensure radio facilities
Please enter all the details of those on board with the GMDSS qualification and indicate who the Master has designated as responsible person to operate the radio in an emergency and the designated person to maintain the log book and the person to carry out the tests.
This section is to record the daily radio functions. Please ensure that all records are duplicated on the carbon paper provided. The summary column must include the following:
1. A summary of all your communications relating to Distress. Urgency and Safety traffic. The submission must include dates and times.
2. A record of important incidents connected with the radio service. E.g.
(a) Any breakdown or serious malfunction of the equipment;
(b) Any breakdown of communications with coast stations, land earth stations or satellites;
(c) Any adverse propagation conditions, including, ionospheric, static, atmospheric noise and/or interference;
(d) Any serious breaches of radio procedures by other stations
3. Where appropriate, the position of the vessel with corresponding time should be annotated at least once a day.