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Guide to International Requirements for Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Communication Equipment
v. 1.3

Ship Type:
Ship Service:
Gross Tonnage:  
Date Built: Day: Month: Year:
Operational Areas:
Sea Areas:

Does the ship operate in Sea Area A1 - Within range of a VHF coast station with continuous DSC ** alerting?
Yes No

Does the ship operate in Sea Area A2 - Outside Sea Area A1, but within range of an MF coast station with continuous DSC ** alerting?
Yes No

Does the ship operate in Sea Area A3 - Outside Sea Areas A1 and A2, but within coverage of an INMARSAT geostationary satellite with continuous alerting?
Yes No

Does the ship operate in Sea Area A4 - Outside Sea Areas A1, A2, and A3, i.e. polar regions?
Yes No

NAVTEX service:

The ship operates only in areas where International NAVTEX service is provided.

The ship operates in some areas where International NAVTEX service is available and in other areas where it is not.

The ship operates only in areas where International NAVTEX service is not provided.

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* MODU means "Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit."
** DSC means "Digital Selective Calling" -- a technique using digital codes which enables a radio station to establish contact with, and transfer information to, another station or group of stations.

How to use this guide: Enter the description of the ship of interest in the form above. Click on "Display required GMDSS communication systems". The GMDSS communication systems required will appear in a new window. Click the "Calculate another ship" button on the list to return to this page to create a list for a different ship.
Type, Service, and Date Built: As defined by the SOLAS Convention.
Information on Sea Areas: GMDSS Sea Area page - U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center
GMDSS page - Canadian Coast Guard
Information on NAVTEX Service Areas: NAVTEX Database - ICS Electronics, Ltd.
NAVTEX in the United States - U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center
NAVTEX in the United Kingdom - Her Majesty's Coastguard (HMCG)
About this guide: The GMDSS communication equipment requirements in this guide come from Chapter IV, and also Chapters III and IX-2 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), and include the SOLAS requirements up to and including the amendments adopted in 2004, which came into force 1 July 2006.
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Version 1.0: Initial public release - SOLAS requirements
Version 1.1: High Speed Craft Code and MODU Code requirements added. Note on maintenance and duplication of equipment added.
Version 1.2: June 2007: Added Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT). Corrected towed/escorted MODU requirements. Removed references to Inmarsat E EPIRBs. Minor errors corrected.
Version 1.3: July 2010: Changed "radar transponder" terminology to "search and rescue locating device" and added references to AIS-SART were just SART appeared.
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