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This IMO training course is covering all training recommendations as outlined in the Annex III to the IMO Assembly Res. A. 703 (17) - it has been revised in order to fully meet the updated technical requirements of the Radio Regulations 2012. Trainees who have completed the present course and passed the prescribed exam will be able to properly operate the shipboard GMDSS equipment in the efficient manner and carry the primary responsibility to these communications at the time of the routine-, safety-, urgency- and distress incidents. The authors of the course have decided to include some training in techniques to avoid any unintentional transmission of the false alerts, taking into account numerous very serious problems that have already been experienced in GMDSS because of the many false distress alerts. Some basic knowledge of the maritime radio communications is considered a pre-requisite to this course. The learners are also expected to have some very basic computer skills. Every person who is performing the radio duties on board a ship or considered to be in charge, shall be a holder of a valid GMDSS certificate satisfying the applicable provisions of the Radio Regulations of the ITU. The training material contained in the present course is addressing all GMDSS aspects.