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Australian GMDSS Handbook
Author: Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
Pages count: 215
Description: This handbook has been produced by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), and is intended for use on ships that are:
• compulsorily equipped with GMDSS radiocommunication installations in accordance with the requirements of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea Convention 1974 (SOLAS) and Commonwealth or State government marine legislation
• voluntarily equipped with GMDSS radiocommunication installations.
It is the recommended textbook for candidates wishing to qualify for the Australian GMDSS General Operator’s Certifcate of Profciency.
This handbook replaces the tenth edition of the GMDSS Handbook published in September 2013, and has been amended to reﬂect:
• changes to regulations adopted by the 2015 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunications Conference
• changes to Inmarsat services
• an updated AMSA distress beacon registration form
• changes to various ITU Recommendations
• changes to the publications published by the ITU
• developments in Man Overboard (MOB) devices
• clarifcation of GMDSS radio log procedures
• general editorial updating and improvements.
Procedures outlined in the handbook are based on the ITU Radio Regulations, on radio procedures used by Australian Maritime Communications Stations and Satellite Earth Stations in the Inmarsat network.
Careful observance of the procedures covered by this handbook is essential for the effcient exchange of communications in the marine radiocommunication service, particularly where safety of life at sea is concerned.
Special attention should be given to those sections dealing with distress, urgency, and safety.
Additional info: No provision of this handbook or the ITU Radio Regulations prevents the use, by a ship in distress, of any means at its disposal to attract attention, make known its position and obtain help.
Similarly, no provision of this handbook or the ITU Radio Regulations prevents the use, by ships engaged in search and rescue operations, of any means at their disposal to assist a ship in distress.
Contents1) An Introduction to the Global Maritime Distress And Safety System
2) General Principles and Features of the Maritime Mobile Service
3) Requirements of Maritime Mobile and Satellite Services
4) Introduction to the Inmarsat system and the Maritime Mobile Satellite Service
5) GMDSS Digital Selective Calling Equipment and Systems
6) Narrow Band Direct Printing Equipment and Systems
7) GMDSS Inmarsat equipment
8) Long Range Identifcation and Tracking (LRIT)
9) GMDSS MF, HF and VHF equipment
10) Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBS)
11) Shipborne Automatic Identifcation System (AIS)
12) Survival craft radio equipment
13) The Navtex system
14) Search and Rescue (SAR) Operations
15) Ship Reporting Systems
16) GMDSS Distress Urgency and Safety Communications Procedures
17) Routine Testing
18) Battery Maintenance
19) Equipment Maintenance
20) Routine Communications Procedures