Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Courses Criteria, 2nd Edition

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August 2018

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Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Courses Criteria, 2nd Edition

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This publication provides the criteria for the development of courses to deliver training for the certification of GMDSS radio operators.

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These criteria have been developed to deliver education and training covering radio- communications at the operational level to meet the regulatory requirements of Table A-IV/2 of the Annex to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended, hereafter referred to as STCW. They also cover the current mandatory requirements of the European Radio Communications Committee Decision on the harmonised examination syllabi for the General Operator’s Certificate (GOC) and the Restricted Operators Certificate (ROC), plus the requirements of the EU Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT).

Section One - Introduction

Section Two - General Operator's Certificate (GOC) Course

Section Three - Criteria Restricted Operator’s Certificate (ROC)

Annex A - Course Criteria STCW Code: Table A-IV/2

Annex B - Instructor/Assessor Qualification and Experience Requirements

Annex C - (i) Course Completion Certificate in GMDSS Radiocommunications (GOC)

Annex D - (ii) Course Completion Certificate in GMDSS Radiocommunications (ROC)

The overall aim of this publication is to provide seafarers with necessary knowledge, understanding and competency to transmit and receive information using GMDSS subsystems and equipment, and fulfilling the functional requirements of GMDSS, and to provide radio services in emergencies.

The MNTB is a voluntary body and a part of the UK Chamber of Shipping, the trade association for the UK shipping industry. We work closely with shipping and ship management companies, nautical educational establishments and organisations, seafarer trade unions, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and industry organisations with an interest in seafarer education and training.


The MNTB provides the link to government departments and bodies involved with the shipping industry as well as those involved with the UK skills agenda and education and training developments. This includes the Department for Transport (DfT), the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS), and UK education regulatory authorities and bodies. The MNTB works closely with the Maritime Skills Alliance to achieve joint aims with partner organisations in the maritime sector.


We carry out a wide range of careers promotion activities through our ‘Careers at Sea’ brand. This is currently under expansion to encompass the full range of careers activity at sea and within the shipping industry ashore and the wider maritime sector.

Title: Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Courses Criteria, 2nd Edition
Number of Pages: 22
Product Code: WS1643K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-788-8 (9781856097888), ISBN 10: 1-85609-788-9 (1856097889)
Published Date: August 2018
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 298 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Book Spine: 3 mm
Weight: 0.20 kg

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