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§ 80.141 General provisions for ship stations.
(a) Points of communication. Ship stations and marine utility stations
on board ships are authorized to communicate with any station in the
maritime mobile service.
(b) Service requirements for all ship stations. (1) Each ship station
must receive and acknowledge all communications which are addressed to
the ship or to any person on board.
(2) Every ship, on meeting with any direct danger to the navigation of
other ships such as ice, a derelict vessel, a tropical storm,
subfreezing air temperatures associated with gale force winds causing
severe icing on superstructures, or winds of force 10 or above on the
Beaufort scale for which no storm warning has been received, must
transmit related information to ships in the vicinity and to the
authorities on land unless such action has already been taken by
another station. All such radio messages must be preceded by the safety
(3) A ship station may accept communications for retransmission to any
other station in the maritime mobile service. Whenever such messages or
communications have been received and acknowledged by a ship station
for this purpose, that station must retransmit the message as soon as
(c) Service requirements for vessels. Each ship station provided for
compliance with Part II of Title III of the Communications Act must
provide a public correspondence service on voyages of more than 24
hours for any person who requests the service. Compulsory
radiotelephone ships must provide this service for at least four hours
daily. The hours must be prominently posted at the principal operating
location of the station.
(d) Operating conditions. Effective August 1, 1994, VHF hand-held,
portable transmitters used while connected to an external power source
or a ship antenna must be equipped with an automatic timing device that
deactivates the transmitter and reverts the transmitter to the receive
mode after an uninterrupted transmission period of five minutes, plus
or minus 10 percent. Additionally, such transmitters must have a device
that indicates when the automatic timer has deactivated the
transmitter. See also § 80.203(c).
[ 51 FR 31213 , Sept. 2, 1986, as amended at 56 FR 57988 , Nov. 15, 1991;
68 FR 46961 , Aug. 7, 2003]
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