Resolution 4 Training of radio operators for the global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS)
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Resolution 4 Training of radio operators for the global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS)

 THE CONFERENCE,

HAVING ADOPTED the 1995 amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, with a view to strengthening the implementation of the Convention and thereby improving the competence of seafarers,

HAVING ALSO ADOPTED requirements for all officers in charge of a navigational watch to be trained and certificated, as appropriate, for performing designated radio duties,

RECOGNIZING the importance of efficient radio watchkeeping and radio maintenance for the safety of life and property at sea and the protection of the marine environment,

BEARING IN MIND the requirements of the global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS) prescribed by the Radio Regulations and the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, as amended in 1988,

NOTING that, in accordance with regulation IV/1 of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, as amended in 1988, every ship to which chapter IV of the SOLAS Convention applies will, after 1 February 1999, comply with all applicable requirements of that chapter and the GMDSS will be fully implemented,

NOTING ALSO that regulation IV/16 of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, as amended, requires that every ship shall carry personnel qualified for distress and safety radiocommunication purposes to the satisfaction of the Administration,

NOTING FURTHER that resolution A.769(18) adopted by the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization recommends Governments, before issuing a GMDSS certificate to a holder of a non-GMDSS certificate, to require the candidate to pass at least a limited examination in accordance with procedures and arrangements set out in that resolution, being aware, however, that the provisions of that resolution expire on 1 February 1997,

APPRECIATING that the GMDSS will also provide the only means for conducting distress and safety communications for most other ships to which the 1974 SOLAS Convention, as amended, does not apply,

APPRECIATING ALSO the need for persons on board such ships to also be trained and certificated in accordance with the Radio Regulations and with the 1978 STCW Convention, as amended,

RECOGNIZING that this necessitates the training and certification of a considerable number of existing masters, deck officers and radiocommunication personnel to undertake GMDSS radio operator functions prior to 1 February 1999,

BEING OF THE OPINION that, if such training and certification is delayed, there may be a shortage of GMDSS radio operators world-wide when the GMDSS is fully implemented,

STRONGLY URGES Governments to:

  • .1 take steps to ensure that a sufficient number of persons taking responsibility for distress and safety communications on their ships are trained and certificated as GMDSS radio operators prior to 1 February 1999, without reducing the quality of the training;

  • .2 bring this matter to the attention of their shipowners and seafarers and of all others who may need to use, or whose vessels may need to use, GMDSS services.


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