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GMDSS has been developed by the maritime nations in the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The GMDSS is an automated ship-to-shore system using satellites and digital selective calling technology. GMDSS is mandated for ships internationally by the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS), 1974, as amended in 1988, and carries the force of an international treaty.
The goal of GMDSS is to virtually guarantee that complying vessels will be able to communicate with an onshore station at any time, from any location, in case of distress or to exchange safety-related information.
As a basis, all GMDSS-regulated vessels are mandated to possess an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), a Navigational Telex (NAVTEX) receiver, an Inmarsat-C SafetyNet receiver, a Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipped VHF radiotelephone, two (2) each 9GHz Search and Rescue Transponder (SART), and two VHF handhelds for vessels between 300-500 gross tonnage. (Vessels over 500 gross tonnage will require three handheld VHFs to be carried.)
*Ships below 300 gross tonnage and those not engaged in international voyages are subject to the requirements of the administrations of their flag states.
GMDSS defines four sea areas based on the location and capability of onshore-based communication facilities. The definition of the Sea Areas for GMDSS is outlined below.