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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.



SafaSail HatThe SafaSail Hard Hat looks just like a sailing cap, but will help protect you if you get a bang to the head.  See our review here

Icom MA-500TR Class B AIS Transponder

MA 500TRIcom is pleased to announce that the MA-500TR Class B AIS transponder is now available. Designed for Non- SOLAS vessels, the MA-500TR is a compact, waterproof Class B AIS transponder that actively notifies other vessels of your exact position, thus increasing your safety at sea.

The MA-500TR features a dual channel receiver allowing boat owners to receive AIS information (both Class A and Class B AIS signals) on two channels simultaneously. This real-time information is then displayed on its large, backlit full dot-matrix display giving the boatowner real-time vessel traffic information thus aiding navigation and collision avoidance.


The MA-500TR’s compact size means that it can for example be installed in a convenient place near the chart table, in the wheelhouse, on the fly bridge or on a pedestal in the cockpit and would make an invaluable safety addition to small vessels, workboats or pleasure craft. The MA-500TR features large, easy to use, backlit buttons that will make it easy to operate even in tough conditions.

The MA-500TR has several collision-risk management functions. It identifies a target list (those in a local area), dangerous list (those you could potentially collide with) and what the closest point of approach is. A collision alarm and external alarm connection to optional external audio equipment gives the boatowner extra warning of potential impact.

When integrated with the Icom IC-M505/IC-M603* it allows you to transmit DSC individual calls to a selected vessel instantly without manual MMSI entry; very handy in an emergency. The MA-500TR AIS data output uses the NMEA 0183 format for easy connectivity to most radars, chart plotters, and navigation systems.

The MA-500TR comes complete with GPS Receiver. It is available now from Icom marine dealers nationwide with a suggested selling price of £849.00 inc.VAT.

* New version or firmware upgrade may be required. Click here for further details. Upgrade will be provided free of charge by Icom UK but we will charge carriage return.

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