With the advent of satellites, ship to ship and ship to shore marine communication underwent a dramatic change. The traditional role of radio at sea and the Radio Officer position was replaced with a more automated system wherein a skilled radio officer maintaining a 24 x 7 watch was not required. The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) is an international set of safety procedures, equipment and safety protocols, based on a combination of satellite and terrestrial radio, used to increase safety at sea by preventing unanswered distress calls and response delays when distress occurs.
Captains James Fitzpatrick and Kurt DeCicco will explain how ships communicate in today’s world, the technology used, the education, licensing and the rigor that prepares ship officers to keep ships safe at sea.
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