The pre-operational trial for the provision on the internet of marine weather information broadcast via Inmarsat-C SafetyNET™ was launched in mid-2003. The website has been developed and maintained by Météo-France on behalf of the WMO/IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM). The site provides access to meteorological bulletins (forecasts and warnings) that are compiled and broadcast via the Inmarsat-C SafetyNET™. The site also provides access to some bulletins available via NAVTEX. The bulletins are those issued by the National Meteorological Services appointed as Issuing Services within the framework of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

Météo-France has now provided access to the texts of these warnings and forecasts via the free part of their Navimail service, this providing the facility of bookmarking the appropriate link and then using that link to access the forecasts in the minimum of time without having to go via a home page. Click the GMDSS via Navimail link below to access the table with the links for all the known forecasts available. If this method is used then do check the date and time of the forecast and be very careful that you are not accessing a text from the cache of your PC!

In the tables below, access to the relevant Metarea page on the WMO-IOC/JCOMM site is provided by clicking on Metarea I or Metarea II in the heading of the first two tables, and clicking on the Metarea number (Roman numeral) in the first column of the table headed Marine Forecasts available for Metareas III to XVI. But note that if you access the information via this method you are advised not to bookmark the page with the forecast text rather only bookmark the home page for the information for a specific Metarea.The home page for the information for a specific Metarea can be bookmarked or stored as a favorite, and can enable quick downloads over mobile phone, satellite telephone and via marine HF or HAM radio links.

Other links in the tables below provide access to the warnings and forecasts direct from the appropriate Meteorological Sservice (if available) and any known additional information, for example meteorological analysis and forecast charts and other relevant information for the areas concerned. Such bulletins often including more local information than that included in the forecasts prepared for issue via Inmarsat-C SafetyNET™ or NAVTEX services).

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Martin W Stubbs 8th October 2003