Telecommunications service for ships in waters by and around Iceland is remotely operated from the Icelandic Maritime Traffic Service centre.
Emergency and safety services for seafarers
The Icelandic Maritime Traffic Service is responsible for the following aspects concerning emergencies and the safety of seafarers in the ocean around Iceland.
- Monitoring and management of emergency ship communications, including international emergency channels
- National emergency and work channels, STK, Inmarsat and Cospas-Sarsat.
- Navtex service (vital, important, and routine notifications).
- Requests for medical assistance (MEDICO).
- Broadcasting of navigational warnings, for example about malfunctions in the lighthouse system, wrecks, obstacles, and sea ice.
- The monitoring of ships in the reporting system (manual and automatic).
- Contact with foreign rescue centres.
If a notification is not received from a ship at the regular time, or if the Maritime Traffic Service receives information indicating that there is a need for a follow-up investigation, search, or rescue ship within the Icelandic EEZ, the necessary measures are taken in consultation with everyone who can provide assistance.
Other services for seafarers
- Reception and dissemination of information about ships subject to port state control.
- Reception and dissemination of notifications and information for various institutions according to relevant agreements.
- Dissemination of information about fishing, emergency closures, laws, regulations, Navtex, and answering questions.
- Service to the police and other authorities.