INMARSAT - THE SAFETYNET USERS HANDBOOK
|Author(s)||Maritime Safety Services|
|Publisher||Maritime Safety Services|
The fifth edition of the Handbook intended for the navigators, to explain them the principle of operation of the International SafetyNet service being one of the elements of the IMO GMDSS. The IV/12.2 regulation of SOLAS declares it mandatory for the seagoing ships to maintain the radio watch to broadcast the MSI, i.e. maritime safety information. The SafetyNet is used to broadcast and automatically receive the MSI via the EGC system and the receiving capability of the system forms a part of the equipment that the vessels are obliged to carry. The content of this handbook is mainly dealing with the MSI distribution through the satellite by means of the SafetyNet service. The book starts with the description of the MSI, EGC services, and types of the MSI that can be received, availability of the system in different areas of the world, repeat broadcasts, types of the EGC receivers, reducing the number of alarms, types of the message that must and may be received, missed messages, setting up the EGC receivers, good operating practice, updating the terminal position in manual and automatic modes, and other information. Two appendices contain the contact addresses and the EGC-related revised IMO standards, followed by the numerous figures.
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