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Posted 2/24/2018

FAILURES IN GMDSS EQUIPMENT CAN COST LIVES.

 

Radio communications is a critical aspect of safe ship operations, especially in emergency conditions. For a ship, its radio communication efficiency is crucial for enforcing contingency plans in an emergency. Otherwise, rescue operations may be very challenging especially in oceans.

 

A frequency analysis of 392 ships with radio equipment malfunctions showed that ships of certain characteristics, such as type and size, frequently have radio communication failures. On the contrary, the classification society and flag state of a ship were not deterministic factors.