At present, the whole shipping industry is concerned about safety of navigation. In particular, attention is focused on High Speed Craft. There has been a sharp increase in numbers of this kind of vessel, which primarily carries passengers but is also known to carry goods. Some units can reach speeds of over 45 knots with capacity for 900 passengers. These passengers have a basic right to life and their means of transport should obviously follow all safety codes, regulations and IMO resolutions. This paper describes the development of a monitoring system that could automatically transmit safety parameters and position from the ship to a management control centre. Digital and analogical alarms, ship condition readings and other safety-related parameters may be recorded and transmitted in near real- time using the latest communications and positioning technologies.