Guidance Available for Purchase

I971E - Guidance on GMDSS distress alerts card, 2013 Edition - English I969E - GMDSS Operating Guidance Card - English IA987E - IMO SMCP: Publication and CD - English

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IH970E - GMDSS Manual, 2017 Edition - English IB910E - MSI Manual, 2015 Edition - English IA994E - International Code of Signals, 2005 Edition - English

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IC908E - International SafetyNET Manual, 2017 Edition - English IE951E - NAVTEX Manual, 2017 Edition - English

 

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IMO Resolutions

MSC.131(75) - Maintenance of a Continuous Listening Watch on VHF Channel by SOLAS Ships Whilst at Sea and Installation of VHF DSC Facilities on Non-SOLAS Ships
MSC.199(80) - Adoption of Amendments to Provision of Radio Services for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
Amends Resolution A.801(19).
MSC.436(99): Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended.
This document will be available in due course.
Includes amendments to chapter IV on Radiocommunications, which incorporate the changes made to accommodate recognized mobile satellite services under GMDSS. Note that this is far from being the only Resolution amending SOLAS.
A801(19) - Provision of radio services for the GMDSS
Amended by Resolution MSC.199(80).
A814(19) - Guidelines for the Avoidance of False Distress Alerts
A.856(20) - Guidance to Administrations on Development of a Shore-Based SAR Telecommunication Infrastructure
A.887(21) - Establishment, Updating and Retrieval of the Information Contained in the Registration Databases for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
A954(23) - Proper Use of VHF Channels at Sea
A.1001(25) - Criteria for the Provision of Mobile Satellite Communication Systems in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

IMO Circulars

COMSAR/Circ.37 - Guidance on Minimum Communication Needs of Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres (MRCCs)
GMDSS.1/Circ.22: GMDSS Master Plan of shore-based facilities – 30 Jul 2018
Note that this Circular is updated fairly frequently. It is being replaced by a new GISIS ‘GMDSS’ module.
COMSAR.1/Circ.53/Rev.2 - List of Land Earth Station (LES) Operation Coordinators in the Inmarsat System
Note that this Circular is updated fairly frequently
MSC.1/Circ.1208 - Promoting and Verifying Continued Familiarization of GMDSS Operators on Board Ships
MSC.1/Circ.1210 - COSPAS-SARSAT international 406 MHz Beacon Registration Database - Revision 1
MSC.1/Circ.1382/Rev.2 - Revised Questionnaire on Shore-Based Facilities for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)