Simply that the providers of marine safety
information should be recognising that the internet is here to stay. It will be used, rightly or wrongly, as a means of getting weather and other safety information.
That means that for texts of forecasts to be available via email, it is necessary that URLs are static. Also that they can be accessed by Sailmail (or other similar systems - eg MailASail). The same is the when using a satphone. Clearly you cannot browse. Even if you know a URL you only want the text.
With the UK Met Office it is quite difficult to find forecast texts that can be obtained over email. I have done so and they are on my site. Fine for those that know where to find them. No Météo France
forecasts can be obtained using Saildocs. Instead they have their Navimail. OK, it works but is comparatively clumsy. Most German marine forecasts have floating URLs. Even on the JCOMM site, OMM-JCOMM-GMDSS / World Marine Weather Forecast
the High Seas forecasts have static URLs but NAVTEX texts do not.
I see all this as a worrying trend. Met services, or their web designers are thinking more about their sites being pretty rather than useful to sailors – even vital to safety at sea.
As a matter of safety, given that sailors are going to use the internet increasingly, we need some consistency. At The future of the GMDSS;[[<<]] A leisure sailor's view / Franks-Weather | The Weather Window
, I have a shopping
1. All weather and navigation
MSI should be made readily and easily available on-line.
2. Webpages of MSI should have good, rapid updating procedures.
3. All MSI webpages should have static URLs capable of being bookmarked
4. MSI URLs should not be changed without adequate notice and overlapping.
5. Changes to MSI web page locations should always have redirect facilities.
Read my webpage to see the argument on more detail. The future of the GMDSS;[[<<]] A leisure sailor's view / Franks-Weather | The Weather Window
Jim Corenman of Sailmail/Saildocs sees the problem and is concerned about the attitude of some services vis a vis the US NWS.