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GMDSS A User's Handbook

By Denise Bréhaut

GMDSS A user's handbook








The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) provides a fast and efficient way of calling for assistance at sea, whatever the size of craft or its geographical position. Since it was first published, this book has helped explain the system for anyone using GMDSS and has been excellent pre-course reading for students.



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Our unforgiving society

Police in Riot GearThe most recent research into last year's riots has shown that alienation – 'disrespect by the Police' was the term used most often – was one of the most significant factors in the attitude that lay behind the rioting.

Why am I not surprised? England (I can't speak for Wales or Scotland) has increasingly become a society of exclusion; a harsh and even brutal society where growing numbers of people feel they do not belong.

With the intention of preventing wrong doing, we continue to introduce laws, rules and regulations that marginalise and exclude an ever-growing number of people, apparently without any understanding of the damage we're causing. Our cultural attitude, increasingly fed by a fundamentalist media, has become one of suspicion, blame and alienation.

And the reason?

As a society, we have learned how to blame, but have forgotten how to forgive.

Forgiveness is a Christian virtue, but its effects go far beyond mere religion. To forgive is not to excuse. It is to recognise the essential goodness of people despite their weakness and failings, and to deal with their failings in a way that releases goodness and encourages healing and integration, rather than creating exclusion, bitterness and hatred. It is about giving people a new start – about wiping the slate clean, rather than throwing it, shattered, onto the rubbish heap. And it works.


There is an old phrase in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer which bears much repetition in today's blame culture: 'He who says he is without sin deceives himself, and the truth is not in him'. Every one of us, whether we are a hooded teenager, a bonus-loving banker, or a freedom-loving yachtsman, is by nature going to do wrong at some time. We need to foster a society where wrong-doers – and that mean you and me - are given a fresh start, rather than forced into a 'stuff-you' attitude of alienation and rebellion.

This isn't just some wishy-washy liberalism. If we continue with the ever-increasing welter of laws and regulations designed to exclude any possibility of wrong-doing, we will end up excluding just about everyone - from all strands of society, not just the 'underclass'. We will have created a society of bitter, frustrated people who will ultimately want to exclude us. 

It is for this reason, rather than many of the more practical 'value for money' ones put forward by the RYA, that the government's flawed e-borders proposals are to be resisted. Imposing yet more unworkable restrictions on those who intend no harm only serves to increase the growing alienation and bitterness in our society.

And as last summer's riots have shown, that is the real enemy within.

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