The Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention Chapter V, Regulation 19-1 (SOLAS V/19-1), makes LRIT mandatory for passenger ships, including high speed craft, cargo ships of 300GT and above and MODU (rigs). Ships must automatically report their identity, date & time and position 4 times daily, Ships constructed after 31st December 2008 must be fitted with LRIT equipment, Ships constructed before then will be phased in depending on their operational area. Ships approved for GMDSS sea areas A1 & A2 or A2 & A3 must comply no later than the first radio survey after 31st December 2008; Ships operating in Sea Area A4 must comply no later than the first radio survey after 1st July 2009.

Ships operating only in sea area A1 and fitted with Automatic Identification System (AIS) are exempted. Ships operating in near-coastal Sea Area A2 not fitted with Inmarsat C GMDSS will be required to fit a compliant terminal. Ships operating in polar Sea Area A4 above 70 degrees latitude will require a non-Inmarsat terminal that operates in conjunction with a low-earth orbit Communication Service Provider (CSP) approved by the Flag in conjunction with its appointed Application Service Provider (ASP).


St. Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry (SKANReg) has contracted with the following Commercial Service Provider to operate our National Data Centre. Any questions regarding interaction with our National Data Centre, should be sent to Fulcrum with a cc to SKANReg.

Fulcrum Maritime Systems Ltd
Suite 3, Mews Park
15 Park Lane
Hornchurch, Essex
RM11 1BB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1708 788400
Fax: +44 1708 788402


Authorised Service Providers (ASP) for the conformance testing of ship’s LRIT equipment are currently as follows:

Ship owners should contact any of these ASPs for conformance testing of their LRIT equipment. The ASP will test the equipment. There will be a fee involved for this that will have to be paid by the Owners to the ASP. The ASP will issue a Conformance Certificate to the ship with a copy to us. SKANReg do not issue the Conformance Certificate, this is issued by the ASP.

Our LRIT Data Centre Portal where we actively monitor our vessels movements.

When the first Safety Radio Survey after 31st December 2008 is carried out, the Recognised Organisation (Class Society) will check that the equipment is operating satisfactorily and that it has been set up to transmit the position of the ship 4 times daily to Securewest as our National Data Centre.

Therefore, at least 7 days before the date of the Safety Radio Survey, owners should send an email to advising them of the date of the Radio Survey so that Fulcrum can remotely turn on the LRIT equipment (Poll the equipment) and start it transmitting the ships position.

The same instructions apply for any ships flagging into SKANReg.

Our LRIT Data Centre Portal where we actively monitor our vessels movements.

Although the provisions of regulation V/19-1 do not include any expressed provisions which allow or enable an Administration to grant exemptions from, or equivalents to, the requirement to transmit LRIT information, in exceptional circumstances this Administration may be prepared to grant an exemption for a single voyage from the requirements from SOLAS V/19-1 subject to the following recommendations contained within IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1295.

Please contact Head Office for future information on the above and the applicable requirements.

To respond to the technical aspects of LRIT, equipment conformance testing has to be undertaken according to IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1296 (as approved at MSC 84).

To this end, Application Service Providers (ASPs) can become authorized testing ASPs as meeting the requirements to carry out conformance testing in accordance with the aforementioned Circular.

St. Kitts & Nevis uses the following process whereby ASPs may apply for approval to become an authorized testing ASP for St. Kitts & Nevis.

1) Written request (a letter on ASP headed paper, which can be sent by email) from the ASP, requesting to become an authorized testing ASP, must be sent to the Head Office of St. Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry, marked for the attention of the International Registrar. Such letter must contain the following:

  1. An indication of the testing process;
  2. Verification that the testing process complies with MSC.1/Circ.1296 and provision of sample test documentation;
  3. List of other Administrations the ASP has been authorized by;
  4. Copy of any QA or similar certification
  5. Applicants should download and comply with the attached Due Diligence requirements ‘COMPLIANCE AND DUE DILIGENCE REQUIREMENTS.doc”‘

2) Once received, the documentation and process provided by the potential testing ASP will be verified against MSC.1/Circ.1307 or any update to this Circular and St. Kitts & Nevis own internal procedures.

3) Once the review is complete, the potential authorized testing ASP shall be notified of the result of the review by and if successful, sent an Authorisation Certificate. Note: The review and certificate issuing process can take up to 3 months.

4) If successful, indication of the authorized testing ASP shall be provided to IMO by St. Kitts & Nevis.

TitleDocument CategoriesPdf Download Link
IMO Resolution MSC.202(81) LRIT RegulationLRIT


IMO Resolution MSC.211(81) LRIT Timely EstablishmentLRIT


IMO Resolution MSC.242(83) Safety & EnvironmentLRIT


IMO Resolution MSC.263(84) Revised performance standards and functional requirements for the LRIT of ShipsLRIT


IMO Resolution MSC.264(84) Established of the International Data Exchange on an interim basisLRIT


IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1294 Technical Documentation (Part II)LRIT


IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1295 Guidance in relation to certain types of ships which are required to transmit LRIT information, on exemptions and equivalents and on certain operation mattersLRIT


IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1298 Guidance on the implementation of the LRIT system [replaces – 1256 revoked]LRIT


IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1299 Transitional Arrangements and Measures for Accelerating the Completion of the Establishment of the LRIT SystemLRIT


IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1307 Guidance on the survey and certification of compliance of ships with the requirement to transmit LRIT information [replaces – 1296 revoked]LRIT


IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1308 Guidance to search and rescue services in relation to requesting and receiving LRIT information [replaces – 1297 revoked]LRIT