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Bringing security and safety at sea

Congratulations to everyone who has just successfully concluded the NSSLGlobal, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and Sat-C training.

We’re delighted to share that specialists from @Ing. Büro Querin (Germany), @See-Nautic (Germany), @BEL MARINE d.o.o. (Croatia) and @Ashapura Marinetech International (India) can conduct essential operations including installations, configuring, software updates and testing of the:

  • SAILOR MF/HF 6000 Radio,

  • VHF 6222 and

  • INM-C 6110.

Live training conditions

After a stimulating mix of presentations, hands-on exercises, practical troubleshooting and performance testing on the live equipment such as the built-in GMDSS console in our Hamburg, Germany training facility, the participants are now prepared to successfully provide their own installations, to perform on-board troubleshooting and to execute commission installations using this equipment on board their vessels.

Moving on from Morse code

The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) is an internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment, and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.

Under the GMDSS, all ocean-going passenger and cargo ships of 300 GRT and upwards, on international voyages, must be equipped with radio systems which conform to the standards. The basic concept is that search and rescue authorities ashore, as well as shipping in the area of the ship in distress, will be alerted through radio & satellite communications, so that they may assist in a coordinated search and rescue operation. It is designed to be operated by unskilled personnel in emergency situations.

It has been a statutory requirement since 1st February 1999 and every GMDSS-equipped ship needs to be able to:

  • Transmit a SHIP to SHORE Distress Alert by at least two separate and independent means, each using a different communication method.

  • Receive SHORE to SHIP Distress Alerts

  • Transmit and Receive SHIP to SHIP Distress Alerts

  • Transmit and Receive SAR co-ordinating and on-scene communications

  • Transmit and Receive “locating signals” – SARTs

  • Receive MSI – Maritime Safety Information

  • Transmit and Receive general radio communications, and bridge-to-bridge communications relating to the operation of the ship.

  • The procedurews also provide redundant means of distress alerting and emergency sources of power.


One of the largest Accounting Authorities

NSSLGlobal is one the largest Maritime Account Authorities in the world and a leading provider of Inmarsat C and Inmarsat Fleet 77 services.  Most superyachts are required to have at least one active Inmarsat C to comply with GMDSS. It is therefore necessary to appoint an Inmarsat Accounting Authority (AA) to accept any bills arising from Inmarsat C or other Inmarsat terminals from various international coastal stations and Inmarsat Land Earth Stations (LES). The AA also acts as the billing entity for any MF or HF radio traffic passed to a shore side network. The group’s Accounting Authority codes are recognised by over 50 countries for their flagships which have confidence in NSSLGlobal’s ability to deliver a first class service to all their vessels.

Please contact us for more information and training dates: 

Richard Tysarczyk, Tel: +49 40 68277 121 richard.tysarczyk@nsslglobal.com


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