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GMDSS: A User's Handbook


GMDSS: A User's Handbook

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    Available in PDF Format | GMDSS: A User's Handbook.pdf | English
    Denise Brehaut(Author)
The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) provides a fast and efficient way of calling for assistance at sea, whatever the size of craft or geographical position. Now updated for the fourth edition, this book explains the operation of the system as a whole and the procedures involved, as well as covering the syllabi of the General Operator's Certificate (GOC), the Long Range Certificate (LRC), and the Restricted Operator's Certificate (ROC). GMDSS: A User's Handbook has proved an invaluable reference for both exam candidates and equipment users alike. 'The ideal publication' Cruising 'Concise and lucid practical guidance' The Nautical Magazine 'A useful guide for those taking examinations or those who need to brush up on procedures' Lloyds List

'Should be of considerable value as an introduction and as pre-familiarisation to those about to embark on one of the training courses, and be a handy reference tool during the private study periods, which are so essential on such an intensive course.' --Nautical Magazine (January 2010)'The handbook has proved an invaluable reference for equipment users and exam candidates.' --Fishing News (December 2009)

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Book details

  • PDF | 128 pages
  • Denise Brehaut(Author)
  • Adlard Coles Nautical; 4th Revised edition edition (23 Sept. 2009)
  • English
  • 4
  • Science & Nature

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  • By Arturo Centore on 7 November 2009

    Perfect book for all the maritime professionals interested in doing a GMDSS certificate. This book covers all the GMDSS modules. So will be the best for any one from the basic Short Range Certificate (SRC) to highest General Operator Certificate (GOC). Complete and clear. A well done book. Thanks. I passed my GMDSS GOC using mainly this book.

  • By Pete on 27 July 2011

    For those who are new to the subject, the book is essential reading.I'd like to see the information in a more user friendly format, as suggested by other reviewers.Overall, pretty good, with all of the required information.

  • By Anthony Moor on 26 December 2010

    A complex subject which needs clarity to be understood thoroughly. Unfortunately this book lacks clarity and at times seemingly contradicts itself. Everyone has different ways to learn a subject but the reader is of the opinion that the additional use of tables and flow charts would be a better way of expressing the detail and event sequences in the world of marine safety and means of communication.

  • By Laszlo Mercz on 12 February 2015

    This book is not much evolved since the early days of its first edition back in 1999.This fifth edition got a better page layout and colour images, but all the important drawings are black and white.Most importantly, there are many shortcomings, misconceptions, omissions about the main subject. Here are some of them:- Does not recognize that a great number of non-SOLOS vessels are not the voluntarily fitted leisure craft, but fisher boats, small craft, etc. regulated by national law.- The LRC certificate is not specific to the UK, but an internationally recognized certificate according to the ITU Radio Regulations.- Details of Ship stations and Coast stations are available free of charge in the ITU MARS databases, not only on CD.- While the International Code of Signals remains an archaic piece of marine radio communications, the IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP) not mentioned in this book.- The different role of MRCC and Coast Radio Stations are not described, so one of the major function in the GMDSS remains fuzzy.- Modern marine VHF radios can use the International as well as the US or Canadian channel plans and frequencies – not even mentioned.- Beside the detailed treatment of VHF use of channels and frequencies, there is almost nothing about SSB MF/HF channels and frequency bands – all-important in sea areas A2, A3 and A4 of the GMDSS.- A drawing of the VHF-DSC schema shows a printer connected to the VHF set. There is no such thing in the world.- The Class A and Class D controllers are mentioned, not defined. The all-important Class E controller integrated in 85% of the SSB MF/HF radios is not even mentioned.- Inconsistency of terminology: Urgency and Safety DSC calls are not calls or alerts, but announcements (Radio Regulations 2008).- The “To help you remember” table added in this edition shows a confusion about the concept of “priority” and the possible destinations of a DSC call.- There is nothing about “medical advice” or “medical assistance” by marine VHF and SSB MF/HF radios - one of the important function of the GMDSS.So much for today, I stop reading at page 72 of this User’s Handbook.

  • By fattyboomboom on 11 March 2013

    When I first looked through this book, I thought I'd never understand the course content, but once I started, I found the book most helpful as an aid. Would recommend as an addition to a GMDSS course

  • By Mr. David Head on 30 January 2009

    A simple yet creative approach to a subjetc that can be daunting for the new user. I am using this book as a prep' for the LRC exam that I am taking shortly.

  • By goce chekorov on 26 July 2013

    bought this book for the GMDSS GOC course. does what it says on the cover.its a sublime version of the 10 day course

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