The latest release of the official GMDSS Manual. The present publication is published with the intention to provide, in a single and comprehensive volume, a thorough explanation of the principles upon which the GMDSS bases as well as to describe the radio-communication requirements together with the recommendations for implementation of the system, relevant operational performance standards supplemented by the technical specifications that shall be met by the GMDSS related equipment.
The document also covers the methods and procedures for the operation of the radio services forming the GMDSS. The Master Plan for the system has also been addressed. This edition of the Manual is fully updated. The content of the publication includes description of the technical concepts and history of development of the GMDSS, valuable excerpts taken from the relevant regulations of SOLAS convention, supporting regulatory documents such as circulars and resolutions related to the GMDSS.
In addition, there are ITU recommendations providing required technical details, the NAVTEX Manual, and many other information considered important and relevant enough for inclusion - in fact everything you need to be able to understand and use the GMDSS. The volume shall be used by the vessel personnel, shore supporting persons, regulatory bodies, administrations and all others engaged in ship communication in any way.