Marine and Safety (Radio) Regulations 2012


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Marine and Safety (Radio) Regulations 2012

I, the Governor in and over the State of Tasmania and its Dependencies in the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Executive Council, make the following regulations under the Marine and Safety Authority Act 1997 .

17 December 2012

PETER G. UNDERWOOD

Governor

By His Excellency's Command,

D. J. O'BYRNE

Minister for Infrastructure

1.   Short title

These regulations may be cited as the Marine and Safety (Radio) Regulations 2012 .

2.   Commencement

These regulations take effect on 1 January 2013.

3.   Interpretation

In these regulations –
ACMA means the Australian Communications and Media Authority established under the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005 of the Commonwealth;
Act means the Marine and Safety Authority Act 1997 ;
Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology means the Bureau of that name established under the Meteorology Act 1955 of the Commonwealth;
limited coast station means a land station, within the meaning of the Radiocommunications (Interpretation) Determination 2000 of the Commonwealth, established for the purpose of communication with vessels at sea, that is licensed as a limited coast station with the ACMA;
MAST means the Authority;
radiotelephone installation means the radiotelephone equipment installed at a limited coast station including, if applicable –
(a) the transmitter; and
(b) the receiver, whether separate from, or combined with, the transmitter; and
(c) the radiating system; and
(d) the source of electrical energy.

4.   MAST-approved radio stations

(1)  To ensure the safe operation of vessels in the waters over which it has jurisdiction, MAST, by notice published in the Gazette, may declare a limited coast station to be a MAST-approved marine radio station.
(2)  However, before making the declaration, MAST must be satisfied that the limited coast station continuously listens on distress frequencies appropriate to its radiotelephone installation.
(3)  Before making the declaration, MAST may also take into consideration whether the limited coast station –
(a) regularly broadcasts weather forecasts issued by the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology; and
(b) broadcasts, on receipt, weather and navigational warnings issued by official meteorological or search and rescue agencies; and
(c) provides a service for mariners to lodge position reports and voyage reports; and
(d) has in place auditable contingency arrangements that ensure a limited service can be provided under abnormal operating conditions; and
(e) is operated in accordance with the Radio Regulations (being the regulations adopted by the World Radiocommunications Conference, as from time to time amended); and
(f) has in place auditable processes that ensure the station operates efficiently; and
(g) has in place a record-keeping system that MAST considers to be satisfactory; and
(h) has in place a radiotelephone installation that complies with the requirements of Schedule 1 ; and
(i) does not replicate services provided by any other MAST-approved marine radio station.
(4)  A MAST-approved marine radio station is to be operated by an authorised person appointed under section 44 of the Act for the purposes of this regulation.
(5)  An authorised person referred to in subregulation (4) is to listen, or assist in listening, to distress frequencies appropriate to the radiotelephone installation of the MAST-approved marine radio station.
SCHEDULE 1 - Requirements for Radiotelephone Installations

Regulation 4(3)(h)

PART 1 - Interpretation
1.   Interpretation
In this Schedule –
FM means frequency modulated;
H3E emission means single-sideband, amplitude-modulated radiotelephony having a carrier emitted at a power level not more than 6 decibels below the peak envelope power;
HF means high frequency;
J3E emission means single-sideband, amplitude-modulated, suppressed-carrier radiotelephony having a carrier restricted to a power level of 40 decibels or more below the peak envelope power;
MF means medium frequency;
radiotelephony means a system of radio communication set up for the transmission of speech or other sounds;
VHF means very high frequency.
PART 2 - MF/HF Installations
1.   Specifications
The radiotelephone installation complies with the "Radiocommunications (MF and HF Radiotelephone Equipment – International Maritime Mobile Service) Standard 2002" made by the ACMA, as from time to time amended.
2.   Transmitter
(1) The transmitter of the radiotelephone installation is –
(a) capable of effectively transmitting on the following frequencies, using the following types of emissions:
(i) 2182 kHz using H3E emissions;
(ii) 4215 kHz using J3E emissions;
(iii) 6215 kHz using J3E emissions;
(iv) 8291 kHz using J3E emissions;
(v) 8716 kHz using J3E emissions; and
(b) capable of transmitting on any other frequency appropriate to the services provided by the limited coast station.
(2) The total unmodulated-output carrier power of any transmitter referred to in subclause (1) is not less than 15 watts on the frequency 2182 kHz.
3.   Receiver
The receiver of the radiotelephone installation is –
(a) capable of receiving, on the following frequencies, the following types of emissions:
(i) 2182 kHz  – H3E and J3E emissions;
(ii) 4125 kHz – J3E emissions;
(iii) 6215 kHz – J3E emissions;
(iv) 6176 kHz – J3E emissions;
(v) 8219 kHz – J3E emissions; and
(b) capable of receiving on any other frequency appropriate to the services provided by the limited coast station.
4.   Main source of electrical energy
The limited coast station has a main source of electrical energy capable of operating the station's MF/HF radiotelephone installation.
5.   Reserve source of electrical energy
The limited coast station has a reserve source of electrical energy that has the capacity to supply, and is maintained so as to be able to supply, for a continuous period of at least 6 hours, a total current equal to the sum of –
(a) 50% of the current required to operate the station's MF/HF transmitter for the transmission of speech; and
(b) the current required to operate the station's MF/HF receiver.
6.   Antennas
(1) Each antenna of the radiating system of the radiotelephone installation is of a type and dimension, and is erected and insulated, to ensure efficient radiation.
(2) Each antenna of the radiotelephone installation is so located and constructed that the antenna –
(a) is protected from mechanical damage and the adverse effects of water; and
(b) does not pose a danger to any person through risk of accidental contact or through excessive exposure to electromagnetic radiation.
7.   Earth
The radiotelephone installation is fitted with –
(a) an efficient radio frequency earth; and
(b) a suitable connection between the installation and the earth.
PART 3 - VHF FM Installations
1.   Specifications
The radiotelephone installation complies with the "Radiocommunications (VHF Radiotelephone Equipment – Maritime Mobile Service) Standard 2004" made by the ACMA, as from time to time amended.
2.   Transmitter and receiver
The radiotelephone installation is capable of effectively transmitting and receiving on –
(a) the following VHF FM maritime mobile band frequencies:
(i) the international distress and calling frequency Channel 16 (156.8 MHz);
(ii) the supplementary safety frequency Channel 67 (156.375 MHz); and
(b) any other frequency appropriate to the service provided by the limited coast station.
3.   Main source of electrical energy
The limited coast station has a main source of electrical energy capable of operating the station's VHF radiotelephone installation.
4.   Reserve source of electrical energy
The limited coast station has a reserve source of electrical energy that has the capacity to supply, and is maintained so as to be able to supply, for a continuous period of at least 6 hours, a total current equal to the sum of –
(a) 50% of the current required to operate the station's VHF transmitter for the transmission of speech; and
(b) the current required to operate the station's VHF receiver.
5.   Antennas
(1) Each antenna of the radiating system of the radiotelephone installation is of a type and dimension, and is erected and insulated, to ensure efficient radiation.
(2) Each antenna of the radiotelephone installation is so located and constructed that the antenna –
(a) is protected from mechanical damage and the adverse effects of water; and
(b) does not pose a danger to any person through risk of accidental contact or through excessive exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

Displayed and numbered in accordance with the Rules Publication Act 1953.

Notified in the Gazette on 26 December 2012

These regulations are administered the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources.