Mobile Telephones

31st July 2004

Mobile Telephones

Initial Report

CHIRP has recently received information related to the effect of mobile telephones on bridge equipment and other control systems.  Some of the information is anecdotal, some taken from the press and some from other transport modes.

The information currently available has been forwarded to the MCA for evaluation, but CHIRP would like to hear from individuals or organisations that have:

  1. Witnessed or received reports of mobile telephones effecting navigation or control systems;
  2. Adopted firm policies for the control of mobile telephone use on their vessels and on what basis i.e. whether because of interference with equipment or some other reason such as interference with lookout.
  3. Any other issues related to the use of mobile telephones.

All responses will of course be treated confidentially.

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