Performance Standards for GMDSS equipment

When we carry our the annual performance test of the GMDSS Test equipment the main task is to check whether the equipment operates as expected by predefined standards.

The GMDSS Equipment should be so constructed and installed that it is readily accessible for inspection during Annual Safety Radio Survey and onboard maintenance purposes.

If equipment is not operating and the faults are discovered during survey the ship can be delayed in port.

IMO

SOLAS IV/15.8 says:

«While all reasonable steps shall be taken to maintain the equipment in efficient working order to ensure compliance with all the functional requirements specified in regulation TV/4 malfunction of the equipment for providing the general radiocommunications required by regulation IV/4.8 shall not be considered as making a ship unseaworthy or as a reason for delaying the ship in ports where repair facilities are not readily available, provided the ship is capable of performing all distress and safety functions.»

Thus it is srtongly recommended to test GMDSS equipment and carry out performance tests to be sure it complies with following Performance Standards:

1. Resolution A.525(13): Performance Standards for Narrow-Band Direct-Printing Telegraph Equipment for the Reception of Navigational and Meteorological Warnings and Urgent Information to Ships.



2. Resolution A.694(17): General Requirements for Shipborne Radio Equipment Forming Part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and for Electronic Navigational Aids.



3. Resolution A.808(19): Performance Standards for Ship Earth Stations Capable of Two-Way Communications, and resolution A.570(14), Type Approval of Ship Earth Stations.



4. Resolutions A.S03(19) and MSC.68(68): Performance Standards for Shipborne VHF Radio Installations Capable of Voice Communications and Digital Selective Calling.



5. Resolutions A.804(19) and MSC.68(68): Performance Standards for Shipborne MP Radio Installations Capable of Voice Communications and Digital Selective Calling.
 

6. Resolutions A.806(19) and MSC.68(68): Performance Standards for Shipborne MP/HF Radio Installations Capable of Voice Communication, Narrow-Band Direct-Printing and Digital Selective Calling.



7. Resolutions A.810(19), as amended by MSC.120(74) and MSC.56(66): Performance Standards for. Float-Free Satellite Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) Operating on 406 MHz (see also resolution A.696(17): Type Approval of Satellite Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) Operating in the COSPAS-SARSAT System).



8. Resolution A.802(19): Performance Standards for Survival Craft Radar Transponder for Use in Search and Rescue Operations.



9. Resolution A.805(19): Performance Standards for Float-Free VHF Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons.



10. Resolutions A.807(19) and MSC.68(68): Performance Standards for Inmarsat Standard-C Ship Earth Stations Capable of Transmitting and Receiving Direct-Printing Communications.



11. Resolution A.664(16): Performance Standards for Enhanced Group Call Equipment.



12. Resolution A.812(19): Performance Standards for Float-Free Satellite Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons Operating through the Geostationary Inmarsat Satellite System on 1.6 Ghz.



13. Resolution A.662(16): Performance Standards for Float-Free Release and Activation Arrangements for Emergency Radio Equipment.



14. Resolution A.699(17): System Performance Standard for Promulgation and Co-ordination of Maritime Safety Information Using High-Frequency Narrow-Band Direct Printing.



15. Resolution A.700(17): Performance Standards for Narrow-Band Direct-Printing Telegraph Equipment for the Reception of Navigational and Meteorological Warnings and urgent Information to Ships (MSI) by HF.



16. Resolution MSC.80(70): Recommendation on Performance Standards for On-Scene (Aeronautical) Portable Two-Way VHF Radiotelephone Apparatus.



17. Resolution A.809(19): Performance Standards for Survival Craft Two-Way VHF Radiotelephone Apparatus.



18. Resolution A.811 (19): Performance Standards for a Shipborne Integrated Radio-communication System (IRCS) when Used in the GMDSS.

GMDSS Testers All in One

BEACON Tester

BEACON Tester

BEACON TESTER enables professional checking of all types of maritime emergency radio beacons that operate in COSPAS-SARSAT system like EPIRBs, PLB. Provides mandatory annual EPIRB testing in accordance with IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1039, 1040.

Beacon Tester Mini Wi-Fi

Beacon Tester Mini Wi-Fi

EPIRB Tester Mini w/ W-Fi is the newest device appointed to check the maritime distress beacons (EPIRBs, PLBs) operating via COSPAS-SARSAT system. This device is really lightweight and is capable to operate via Wi-Fi with any smartphone, tablet or laptop. Its operation complies with SOLAS regulation, IMO 1039 and 1040 Circulars.

GMDSS Tester MRTS-7M

GMDSS Tester MRTS-7M

GMDSS Multi Tester MRTS-7M is designed to carry out the mandatory periodical or annual surveys of all rage of GMDSS equipment: AIS Stations, EPIRBs, MF/HF/VHF Radios with DSC and NAVTEX receivers. Finally, it's all-in-one now.

SART Tester

SART Tester

The SART Tester provides precise, complete verification of the operation of any Search and Rescue Transponder in accordance with the requirements of IMO Resolution A.802(19). It is professional and user-friendly device for radio surveyors, inspectors, classification societies and administrative authorities.

GMDSS Tester MRTS-7

GMDSS Tester MRTS-7

The MF/HF/VHF/DSC/NAVTEX Marine Radio Test System MRTS-7 is intended to provide accurate, independent validation of the operation of GMDSS-radios in accordance with the requirements under IMO A.948(23) resolution.

Sarsat Beacon Monitor 406

Sarsat Beacon Monitor 406

Cospas-Sarsat Distress Signal Fixed Receiver (hereafter as Sarsat Beacon Monitor 406 – 406MHz emergency radio beacon monitoring system) is intended for 406MHz emergency radio beacon rapid signals reception, decoding and positioning. The equipment is destined to reduce rescue operation time.