The International Maritime Organization
(IMO) has issued a complete revision
of its comprehensive handbook on the global maritime distress and safety
system (GMDSS), the GMDSS Manual.
The intent of the new GMDSS Manual (formerly the GMDSS Handbook) is to
provide, in a single comprehensive publication, an explanation of the
principles on which the GMDSS is based, the radiocommunication requirements
and recommendations for its implementation, the operational performance
standards and technical specifications to be met by GMDSS equipment, and the
procedures for and method of operation of the various radio services which
form the GMDSS and the Master Plan for the GMDSS.
The Manual is intended for use by ship personnel, shore operators, trainers,
administrations, regulators and anyone else concerned with ship
communication. The Manual is available from authorized distributors of IMO publications and via IMO's Online Bookshop.