The resolution adopts the Standard Marine Communication Phrases SMCP and recommends a wide circulation to all prospective users and all maritime education authorities. The SMNV was developed for use by seafarers, following agreement that a common language - namely English - should be established for navigational purposes where language difficulties arise and the IMO SMCP has been developed as a more comprehensive standardized safety language, taking into account changing conditions in modern seafaring and covering all major safety-related verbal communication. The IMO SMCP includes phrases which have been developed to cover the most important safety-related fields of verbal shore-to-ship and vice-versa , ship-to-ship and on-board communications. The aim is to get round the problem of language barriers at sea and avoid misunderstandings which can cause accidents. It includes phrases for use in routine situations such as berthing as well as standard phrases and responses for use in emergency situations. Under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers STCW , , as amended, the ability to understand and use the SMCP is required for the certification of officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships of gross tonnage or above.
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IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases (IMO SMCP) 2005 Edition – code IMOIA987E
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IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases ( SMCP )2005 Edition