The intent of the new GMDSS Manual (formerly the GMDSS Handbook) is to provide, in a single publication, a thorough explanation of the principles on which the GMDSS is based.
This will include examination of the radiocommunication requirements and recommendations for its implementation, the operational performance standards and technical specifications to be met by GMDSS equipment, and the procedures for and method of operation of the various radio services which form the GMDSS and the Master Plan for the GMDSS.
The Manual is intended for use by ship personnel, shore operators, trainers, administrations, regulators and anyone else concerned with ship communication.
Topics include - Development and concepts of the GMDSS; Components of the GMDSS carriage requirements and operational procedures; Excerpts from the relevant SOLAS regulations; Supporting resolutions and circulars; IMO performance standards and related ITU-R recommendations giving technical details of radio equipment; NAVTEX Manual, International SafetyNet Manual and Joint IMO/IHO/WMO; Manual on Maritime Safety Information; Current GMDSS Master Plan, giving details of coastal infrastructure and services provided by Member Administrations; Extracts from the ITU-R Radio Regulations giving the radio regulatory background.
The Manual is available from authorised distributors of IMO publications and via IMO's Online Bookshop.