Means of ensuring availability of ship station equipment

Regulation 15 of the SOLAS GMDSS regulations defines 3 methods to ensure availability of GMDSS equipment at sea;

  • At sea electronic maintenance, requiring the carriage of a qualified radio/electronic officer (holding a GMDSS First or Second class Radio-Electronics Certificate) and adequate spares and manuals;
  • Duplication of certain equipment; or Shore based maintenance

Ships engaged on voyages in sea areas A1 and A2 are required to use at least one of the three maintenance methods outlined above, or a combination as may be approved by their administration. Ships engaged on voyages in sea areas A3 and A4 are required to use at least two of the methods outlined above.

THE MOST COMMON COMBINATION IS:- DUPLICATION OF EQUIPMENT AND SHORE BASED MAINTENANCE