RS took part in the celebration of the 25th anniversary of GMDSS


RS took part in the celebration of the 25th anniversary of GMDSS
Photo: AM SUMIS.

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) took part in the celebratory meeting dedicated to the 25th anniversary since the implementation of the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS). The meeting was held at the Marine Training and Simulation Center of the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping (AM SUMIS).

GMDSS was introduced into maritime practice on February 1, 1999, with the entry into force of the relevant amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea. This date is of particular importance to those who stood at the origins of the design, development and implementation of the technical, methodological, regulatory and organizational means to improve maritime safety and the protection of human life at sea as well as to those who continue to operate and improve these technologies in both shipborne and onshore radio communications.

GMDSS provides vessels with navigational and meteorological warnings, weather forecasts and other urgent messages related to safe navigation. It also enables ships to communicate with each other and with rescue coordination centers from any part of the world ocean and is used to organize the search and rescue of ships and people in the event of a disaster.

RS actively participates in the process of modernizing radio systems in light of the latest developments in modern information and telecommunication technologies. Within the framework of the IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR), RS participated in the development of the regulatory principles for the integration of the NAVDAT navigation and data acquisition system into the GMDSS. This system allows to increase the amount and speed of data transmission to ships, as well as enables a more convenient display of information on the ship's receiving equipment.

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Founded in 1913, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) is a world-renowned classification society that operates within all spheres of the maritime industry. The organization’s main objectives are to enhance the safety standards of human life at sea, ensure the safe navigation of ships and the secure transportation of cargoes by sea and inland waterways, as well as to develop standards for environmental protection.

RS reviews technical documentation, surveys ships under construction and in service, issues documents and certificates for vessels, offshore facilities, ship machinery, equipment and devices; conducts measurements of ships and floating facilities; carries out surveys to ensure compliance with international conventions; certifies industrial products and manufacturers, quality management systems, sustainability management and occupational health and safety management systems in compliance with ISO standards. RS surveys general cargo containers, thermal containers, tank containers, platform containers, offshore containers, etc.