The Marine Communications Officers exert their functions within the Marine Communications and Traffic Services of the Canadian Coast Guard.
Marine Communications Officers
Distress - Safety - Communications and coordination to detect distress situations, ensure timely assistance and savings of lives at sea

Continuous monitoring of international distress and calling frequencies to detect distress situations and ensure speedy resolution of SAR incidents, including the operation of a network of VHF direction finding equipment to improve SAR response time and reduce associated costs.

Broadcasting marine safety information such as: weather bulletins, ice information and notices to shipping concerning dangers to navigation by means of NAVTEX, Continuous Marine Broadcast and other electronic systems.

Vessel screening to prevent the entry of unsafe vessels into Canadian waters

Ensuring that vessels intending to enter Canadian waters request clearance to do so and provide pertinent information concerning their status and compliance with applicable Canadian acts and regulations.

Implementing compensatory measures for identified ship Defects and/or Deficiencies in order to minimize the possibility of marine pollution.

Regulating vessel traffic movements for marine risk reduction

Providing traffic and waterway information via VHF radio.

Providing recommendations and directions, including the delivery of clearances, and under certain conditions, restricting traffic movement.

Implementing actions necessary to ensure a safe and orderly flow of marine traffic.

Providing specialized surveillance for conservation and environmental protection in support of government agencies such as Environment Canada, RCMP, and Agriculture Canada.

Managing an integrated marine information system in support of economic benefits and national interests

Collecting, analyzing and disseminating marine traffic information in support of the activities of other government departments and agencies as well as the marine industry.

Initiate, monitor and coordinate the communication network for Coast Guard's responses to emergencies, primarily in the area of search and rescue and pollution prevention.

Relaying communications relevant to the efficient administration of other government operations.

Public correspondence services to facilitate ship-shore communications

Providing, on a cost recovery basis, ships and agencies on shore with the capability of communicating domestically and internationally for business and private purposes by connecting ship/shore telephone calls in the VHF, MF and HF frequency bands; relaying messages dealing with quarantine and pilotage requests, equipment requirements, loading and discharge instructions and estimated arrival times.
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