ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

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About the course

This course provides professional mariners with a complete understanding of GMDSS theory and equipment. The course is designed to provide mariners with a comprehensive overview of radio and satellite communications as well as the proper and legal operation of marine radio communication equipment.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Operate the equipment safely on board of a ship
  • Properly communicate using those equipment, so that they know how to send the messages and how to receive the messages in distress
  • Ability to use the English language, written and spoken, for the exchange of communication
  • Understand the principles and basis features of the maritime mobile service

## Course Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction
  • Principles of maritime radio-communications
  • GMDSS communication systems
  • Other GMDSS equipment
  • Distress alerting

Day 2

  • Miscellaneous skills and operational procedures for general communications
  • Assessment and discussion
  • Equipment Overview

Day 3

  • Distress-Urgency-Safety Communications
  • Routine Communications
  • S. A. R. and Survival Craft Equipment

Day 4

  • VHF Equipment and Operations
  • Satellite Equipment and Operations
  • Maritime Safety Information
  • MF-HF Equipment and Operations

Day 5

  • Equipment Testing and Maintenance
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Publications and Documents

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is open to those seafarers who are required to have a basic knowledge of ships, maritime radio communication, and maritime safety.

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