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About CIRM - Overview


CIRM was originally founded in Spain in 1928 by 8 companies engaged in the application of radio to the maritime service. It was reconstituted in Belgium in 1947 and subsequently moved to London. It is now the principal international association for companies engaged in maritime electronics, with current membership of some 100 companies from 29 nations worldwide.

CIRM is one of the nine original international bodies accredited in 1961 as a non-governmental organisation in consultative status to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

CIRM is a Sector Member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R and ITU-T), and is a Liaison Member both of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

CIRM also enjoys mutual observer status with all the other relevant international and regional organisations, including the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and the US Radiotechnical Commission for Maritime (RTCM).


CIRM exists to promote the application of electronic technology to the safety of life and efficient conduct of vessels at sea. We strive to foster relations between all organisations concerned with electronic aids to marine navigation, communications and information systems.


We represent the interests of the marine electronics industry, internationally;

We co-ordinate the views and actions of members in resolving regulatory issues and in the promotion of marine electronics;

We provide technical and industrial advice to the international regulatory organisations;

We provide a specialist information service for members;

We provide a private forum for members to exchange information and business opportunity;

We enable our members to participate in the development of international regulations and standards affecting their products and services.


CIRM is a not for profit organization Registered as company number 02494458 at UK Companies House. Members are welcome to inspect the company accounts by appointment with the Secretariat. The Articles of Association are available to read on this website under Quick Links below.

Scope of technical interest

Navigational Equipment and Systems Radiocommunications & GMDSS
Radar, Radar Beacons Satellite Systems, Inmarsat and Regional
Automatic Plotting Aids: ARPA, ATA, EPA MF/HF Systems and DSC
Terrestrial Systems: E-Loran, Loran C/Chayka etc. VHF/UHF Systems and DSC
Satellite Navigation Systems D/GPS, GLONASS, GNSS SART, AIS-SART and 406 MHz EPIRBs
Integrated Bridge Systems, Alarms and Indicators Maritime Safety Information Systems
Integrated Navigation Systems and the future with e-Nav LRIT and Satellite enabled tracking systems
Electromagnetic and Gyro Compasses
Autopilots, Heading and Track Controllers Automatic Identification Systems (AIS)
Echo Sounders and Speed Logs Voyage Data Recorders
Electronic Charts and Systems, ECDIS Vessel Traffic Systems (VTS)