Performance Standards for GMDSS equipment

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

The GMDSS equipment should be constructed and installed in such a way that it is easily accessible for inspection during Annual Safety Radio Survey and onboard maintenance purposes.

During the survey, various malfunctions may be detected, but they are not always a reason for the delay of the ship in port.

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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 strongly recommended to test GMDSS equipment and carry out performance tests to be sure it complies with the 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 MF Radio Installations Capable of Voice Communications and Digital Selective Calling.
 

6. Resolutions A.806(19) and MSC.68(68): Performance Standards for Shipborne MF/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.

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