NAVTEX is an international automated direct-printing service for promulgation of navigational and
meteorological warnings and other urgent information to ships. It is one of the two principle methods
used for broadcasting maritime safety information in accordance with the provisions of the International
Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended. It has been developed to provide a low-cost,
simple and automated means of receiving maritime safety information and Search and Rescue alerts on
board ships at sea and in coastal waters.
The information transmitted may be relevant to all sizes and types of vessel and the selective messagerejection
feature ensures that every mariner can receive safety information broadcasts which are relevant
to their voyage.