The International Maritime Organization, the UN-specialized agency which requires NAVTEX equipment
be carried on shipping
, is reviewing its global maritime distress
system requirements for modernization. Interestingly IMO is inclined to leave systems such as NAVTEX alone despite its being long overdue for modernization.
The US Coast Guard is under strong continuing budget
pressure to cut back HF maritime safety
services, and although there is pressure to close NAVTEX there are no immediate plans that I am aware of to do so. However the stations that transmit NAVTEX are due to be unmanned and fully remoted in the coming months, which mean future outages may take longer to repair. USCG NAVTEX stations transmit for longer periods than IMO desires them to, which may explain in part why their weather forecast
content is as good as they are.