Gmdssci - Global Maritime Distress& Safety System Paul Zerafa Dept of Marine Transportation USMMA Instructor& student backgrounds ◆ Paul

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Unformatted text preview: Global Maritime Distress & Safety System Paul Zerafa Dept. of Marine Transportation USMMA Instructor & student backgrounds ◆ Paul Zerafa ● Associate professor at USMMA. ● MS in telecommunications management (‘96) & computer science (‘91). ● Fort Schuyler ‘76. ● Sailed as both a naval & merchant officer. ● USCG license: unlimited master. ● Various FCC licenses. Introduction ◆ What is the GMDSS? ● A new radiocommunication system that will improve the safety of life at sea. ● Compliance is mandated by international treaty obligations. ◆ 1988 amendments to the SOLAS Convention. ◆ All compulsory ships must meet all GMDSS FCC requirements by 1 Feb. 99. ◆ STCW-95 endorsement needed by 1 Feb. 02. Introduction (Cont'd) ◆ Goals & objectives of this GMDSS course. ● Learn enough about GMDSS radio stations so that you can quickly learn to effectively operate your particular suite of GMDSS equipment. ● Familiarize yourself with relevant international/ national publications & regs. Introduction (Cont'd) ◆ Goals & objectives of this GMDSS course (Cont'd). ● Learn proper operating procedures for calling and receiving. ● Share personal experiences concerning maritime communications. ● PASS the FCC & USCG exam(s). History of Marine Radio ◆ Maritime Community pioneered the use of radio and installed radios that became known as “wirelesses.” ◆ These radios were installed aboard ships in order to receive storm warnings transmitted from shore History of Marine Radio (Cont’d) ◆ 1910: Wireless Ship Act gave Secretary of Commerce & Labor the power to make radio regulations. ◆ 1912: Titanic disaster leads to radiotelegraph installation/watch requirements. ◆ 1934: Morro Castle disaster leads to the Communications Act. History of Marine Radio (Cont’d) ◆ 1956: Andrea-Doria /Stockholm collision leads to requirement to monitor VHF channel 16. ◆ 1988 SOLAS amendments establish general GMDSS equipment carriage requirements. ◆ 1995 STCW amendments include GMDSS training requirements. History of Marine Radio (Cont’d) ◆ 1996 Telecom Act exempts “GMDSS- compliant” ships from 1934 Comm Act requirements. ◆ Technological advances lead to smaller, more powerful equipment The “old” distress system ◆ Morse telegraphy required for cargo ships 1600 gt and above as well as all passenger ships engaged in international voyages....
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Gmdssci - Global Maritime Distress& Safety System Paul Zerafa Dept of Marine Transportation USMMA Instructor& student backgrounds ◆ Paul

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