Greece, "Issuing Service" for the Global Maritime Safety and Risk System (GMDSS)
On the 1st of February 1999 the IMO's Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) was implemented, in which METAREAs were established and Greece assumed the role of "Issuing Service" for METAREA III. That is Greece is responsible for the meteorological support of shipping in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea by the sending of WARNINGS and FORECASTS by satellite means.
HNMS issues the above bulletins for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea, while Meteo France issues for the Western Mediterranean respectively, however is the Issuing Service that is responsible for the transmission to the ships of both bulletins.
Within the IMO/WMO WWMIWS framework, Greece has assumed the role of "METAREA Coordinator", who is responsible for the smooth operation of the GMDSS system in METAREA III.