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List of Ship Stations and Maritime Mobile Service Identity Assignments, 2011 Edition, (Additional Information)

·           In accordance with international regulations all administrations and their appropriate authorities of the port state should be aware of the certificates and documents required to be carried on board ships.


In this context, the Radio Regulations in its Appendix 16, Section I, paragraph 4 indicates that the List V in either printed or electronic format shall be carried on board GMDSS ships.    The electronic format option was added by the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07) and approved by all Member States.
·           The complete List V consists of a CD plus a booklet, both packaged inside a single box.  The original of both elements should be produced during inspections carried on board ships. 
·           The reason for the ITU to move towards a CD publication only, was based on the fact that producing a paper version of List V containing over 4000 pages (i.e. with data concerning approximately 300’000 ships) would not be practical.
·           The expiry date of the CD is whenever the previous edition of List V is replaced with a later  version.   List V is published on a yearly basis.
·           The carriage of supplements concerning List V is optional.   Administrations were of the opinion that they no longer needed to be published and therefore decided to remove that obligation from the relevant articles and appendices of the Radio Regulations.  Nevertheless, for those having Internet connectivity, the ITU can provide the optional updates in PDF format for downloading from the ITU website
·           The need to check for the actualization of the List is not indicated in the Radio Regulations. Therefore, inspectors are not obliged to control the actualizations.









FAQ: How to Use the ITU Electronic Bookshop

Which steps do I take to purchase an ITU Publication? (see also special information on free downloads ):






1) Select the desired ITU publication(s)

2) Add each publication to the electronic Shopping Basket

3) Choose a payment method (or continue shopping)

4) Retrieve the requested publication(s) by downloading directly

. . . and if I experience problems?




How do I select the desired ITU publication(s)?
Individual ITU Publications, including ITU-T and ITU-R Recommendations may be selected directly from the Electronic Bookshop publications page.


2) Add each publication to the electronic Shopping Basket

How do I add publications to the electronic "Shopping Basket"?
After browsing various ITU Publications via either  "BROWSE" (choose either the ITU Sector, or Resources)  or  "SEARCH",  select the desired publication(s), and the desired language and format  then click on the Add button (in the case of non-Recommendation Publications*). This will produce a page with the Contents of Shopping Basket.  At this point you will have the option to Continue Shopping and select other publications, or Proceed to Check Out to pay for the items selected. Note that items may be removed from the shopping basket at any time simply by clicking on the REMOVE link.  (*For Recommendations, once the title and edition are chosen, simply click on the desired format under preferred  language to ADD to shopping cart).

lPlease note that any products selected which are not downloadable will also be recorded; you will be prompted to provide a shipping address for these items and they will be paid for separately.


3) Choose a payment method (or continue shopping)

Payment methods?
Once added to the shopping basket, publications are purchased by selecting the Proceed to Checkout button. The basket contents, publication prices and total will be displayed.  The following payment options are currently available:

Credit Card Purchase - Credit card details are transmitted via secure channel and are only entered once per transaction.  One transaction may include several publications.

Credit Card Account Customer - An account customer is a someone who has established credit with the ITU by depositing, via credit card, a minimum amount in Swiss Francs. (New applications for this service are currently not accepted).  The cost of each downloaded publication is deducted from the deposited amount with the current balance is displayed. Active Credit Card Account Customers registering prior to 1998 can see their account status, increase their balance or cancel their account at any time.

Fund Transfer Account Customer - An additional service allowing for the purchase of publication(s) via company check or bank transfer is also available.  This alternate service allows access to the desired publication(s) only after payment is received by the ITU, however.  Payment  must include a unique Order Number, generated upon completion of the form on the following site: .  Detailed information on the actual transfer of funds is made available following completion of this (non-obligation) online form.


4) Retrieve the requested publication(s) by downloading directly

Retrieving the requested publications when paying by Credit Card?
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Note: Publications are available for download for a period of 48 hours after purchase and may only be retrieved from the same machine on which payment was made.  If you have paid for publications and would like to download them later (but within the 48 hour time limit) they will be available via the URL:  NOTE: If you make subsequent purchases within 48 hours, only these latter items will be presented as downloadable.






As of 2007, the ITU allows immediate access to most* pdf formats of most of the in-force, posted ITU-T Recommendations.  Simply click and download.  (N.B. The vast majority of all Recommendations are available in electronic (PDF) form free of charge to all once a final editing process is complete. Texts that are not free of charge include common ITU-T | ISO / IEC

texts for which special arrangements exist).


As of December 2010, free general public access to all ITU-R Recommendations & Reports . (this replaced former "3-Free Annually" offer).



. . . and if I experience problems?

Problems ordering via the Electronic Bookshop?

Should you experience any difficulties with the ordering process, kindly email SALES, referencing the publication(s) you are attempting to purchase and detailing the problem incurred.  All emails are normally answered within 24 hours of reception Monday-Friday.   (It should be noted that some browsers, namely IE 5.0 or Netscape 6.1, may admittedly not function as well as others and should be upgraded).

Problems reading documents ordered with the Electronic Bookshop?

A suggestion for accurate formula reading in some Recommendations when "Error!" appears.  Change your "list-separator" (via Control Panel, Regional Settings) from the semi-colon (;) to a comma (,) or vice-versa.