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News Updates - 2011
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Volume D - Information for Shipping
Chapter 1 - Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
Notification from Meteo-France that they will change the times for the scheduled forecasts prepared for METAREA II: 1015/2215 instead of 0900/2100, from 1st February 2012.

METAREA Issuing Country Preparation Country Land Earth Station Satellite Ocean Region  Times (UTC) Remarks
II France France Aussaguel AOR-E &  AOR-W 1015 /2215 change implemented 01/02/2012
Published: 19 December 2011
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Volume D - Information for Shipping
Chapter 6 - Contact information for Port Meteorological Offices
Amendments made to the following entries: List of amendments
Published: 28 November 2011
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CODES
Adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes (WMO No. 306) by fast track procedure
In accordance with the fast track procedure for adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes, the Secretariat sent an email on amendments to the Manual on Codes, to the focal points for codes and data presentation matters, for comments by 12 July 2011.

No disagreements have been received from the focal points and acordingly the amendments were approved by the President of CBS, on behalf of Executive Council (EC), to be implemented on 2 November 2011.

The amendments are available on the WMO web site in English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Published: 17 October 2011
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RTH Focal Point
RTH Sofia - change in contact details
Mariana Grueva is now replaced by Svetoslav HRISTOV see details.
Published: 27 May 2011
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Volume D - Information for Shipping
Chapter 4 - Broadcasts by Radiotelegraphy and Radiotelephony
To view Volume D ...
Published: 18 May 2011
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Volume D - Information for Shipping
Notification from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Changes to Ocean wind warning area for South East High seas area of MetArea X

The Bureau of Meteorology is changing the Ocean Wind Warning service for the South East High Seas area of MetArea X. On 1 June 2011 the Adelaide and Melbourne warning areas will be combined. Therefore, a single warning product for the South East High Seas area will be issued by the Melbourne office. Ocean wind warnings will no longer be issued from the Adelaide office. There is no change to the High Seas forecasts for the South East Area.

The change is necessary to reduce duplication of warning products issued for large weather systems simultaneously impacting adjacent warning areas. The single warning will reduce satellite download costs for mariners whilst at sea.

Ocean Wind Warnings for South East warning area are listed below:
  • IDY21000
  • IDY21010
  • IDY21020
For more information contact:
Mr. Neal MOODIE, National Manager – Marine Weather Services
Telephone: +61 (0)3 9669 4768
Published: 17 May 2011
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CODES
Adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes (WMO No. 306) between CBS sessions
In accordance with the procedure for the adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes between CBS sessions, and as requested by the President of CBS, the WMO letter No. OBS/WIS/DRMM/DRC PR(6553) dated 18 February 2011, including draft amendments to the Manual on Codes ( En, Fr, Ru and Sp), was dispatched to all WMO Members for comments before 18 April 2011.

The WMO Secretariat only received comments approving the draft amendments before 18 April 2011. The amendments are therefore approved in accordance with the procedure for the adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes between CBS sessions.

The President of CBS agreed to notify all WMO Members of the approval of the amendments through the WWW Operational Newsletter for implementation as of the first Wednesday following the six months after the date of this notification, i.e. 2 November 2011.
Published: 29 April 2011
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CODES
Adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes (WMO No. 306) by fast track procedure
In accordance with the fast track procedure for adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes, the Secretariat sent an email, on amendments to the Manual on Codes, to focal points for codes and data presentation matters for comments by 28 January 2011.

No disagreements were received from the focal points. In conclusion to which, the President of CBS approved these amendments on 10 April 2011 for implementation on 4 May 2011.

Amendments are available on the WMO web site in English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Published: 19 April 2011
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Volume D - Information for Shipping
Notification from Met Éireann, Ireland
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Published: 19 April 2011
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RTH Focal Point
RTH New Delhi - change in contact details
An additional email address for operational communication has been added:

Published: 19 April 2011
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Software packages available for exchange
Notification from the United Kingdom Met Office
The UK Met Office is pleased to make available to WMO Members a software package written in Java that converts WMO TAC data types such as SYNOP and TEMP into BUFR and vice versa. The communications package also extracts input data from WMO bulletins and wraps output data in WMO format bulletins. Further details of the software are available via the CBS Software Registry.

Contact person: Richard Weedon
Address: Met Office
FitzRoy Road
Exeter EX13PB
UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 1392 88 4518
Telefax: +44 (0) 1392 88 5681
E-mail: richard.weedon@metoffice.gov.uk
Published: 10 March 2011
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Volume D - Information for Shipping
Chapter 1 - Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
Notification from Environment Canada

Changes to METAREA XVII (Page 29) Footnote (10) should be amended as follows:

(10) Forecasts for sections of METAREA XVII north of 75°N and east of 141°W (Sea Area A4) are broadcast by Canadian Coast Guard radio from Iqaluit NU via High Frequency Narrow Band Direct Printing (HF NBDP), on a frequency of 8416.5 kHz. Broadcast times are 0330 and 1530 UTC during the operational season.
Published: 4 March 2011
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Change in abbreviated heading of buoy data
Notification from RTH Toulouse
Effective 20 April 2011 the abbreviated heading IOZXii LFVW of BUFR bulletins originating from ARGOS global processing centre in Toulouse, France will be replaced by IOBXii LFVW where ii is equal to 01-16 and 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, 39, 48, 92, 96.
Published: 25 February 2011
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Additional Data and Products - Resolution 40 (Cg-XII)
Notification from Romania - National Meteorological Administration
That their conditions on the the exchange of "additional" data/products have been amended effective 1 January 2011.

Continue to view Additional Data and Products home page ...
Published: 24 January 2011
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Volume D - Information for Shipping
Chapter 1 - Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

Amendment to METAREA VIII for the cyclone warning area prepared by Réunion.

Continue to view METAREA VIII - forecast areas.
Published: 19 January 2011
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