Surely it is better that the frequency is retained within the maritime field for the broadcast of essential safety information than for non-safety related purposes - perhaps absorbed by the broadcasters for yet another AM music (/) channel?
The frequency spectrum is constantly under pressure from commercial and other interests and at every ITU World Administrative Radio Conference, there is immense pressure on governments to agree to a reduction in the frequence allocations for maritime use. Remember that all governments are represented there and each has one vote, even though the majority of countries have no ships at all. Of the 200-odd members, how many do you think are interested in the running of merchant ships?
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