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7th Edition

Handbook for Marine Radio Communication

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ISBN 9780367774219
May 18, 2022 Forthcoming by Informa Law from Routledge
224 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Now in its seventh edition, this bestselling Handbook for Marine Radio Communication provides an incomparable reference source for all vessels using maritime radio communication systems, which are now a legislative requirement. It includes exhaustive coverage of all UK and international regulations relating to modern maritime communications, such as the crucial GMDSS, all contained within one singular volume.

This edition has been fully updated to account for recent major developments in the field. The authors deliver an authoritative guide to the complicated and changing world of radio communications, including:

  • Information reflecting ITU Radio Regulations 2020
  • Impending modernisation of the GMDSS
  • Radical changes to Maritime satellite communications and associated distress and safety services
  • Introduction of VHF data exchange system (VDES) to supplement coastal AIS services
  • Introduction of navigational data (NAVDAT) to supplement NAVTEX services
  • Improvements to COSPAS/SARSAT systems
  • Introduction of AIS facility to EPIRBs
  • Automatic link establishment (ALE) on HF bands
  • Updating of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS)

This is a definitive guide for today’s maritime communications industry, including ship owners, ship managers, coast guards, seafarers, students of maritime communications, as well as the recreational sector.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
Chapter 2: Distress Urgency and Safety Communications
Chapter 3: Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
Chapter 4: Safety Related Equipment and Services
Chapter 5: Satellite Communications
Chapter 6: Radio telex and data services
Chapter 7: Radiotelephony (RT)
Chapter 8: General Regulations
Chapter 9: Electronic Navigation and Vessel Reporting Systems
Chapter 10: Certification

Appendix 1: IMO guidelines for the avoidance of false distress alerts
Appendix 2: GMDSS Distress, Urgency and Safety frequencies
Appendix 3: Important frequencies used in GMDSS
Appendix 4: UK VHF channel allocation
Appendix 5: ITU MF RT Ship-to-Shore working channels
Appendix 6: ITU HF RT Duplex working channels
Appendix 7: Proposed 12.5 kHz Spacing of VHF channels
Appendix 8: Allocation of Maritime Identification Digit (MID) Series
Appendix 9: Watchkeeping Safety-Use of VHF Radio and AIS
Appendix 10: UK, Channel Islands and Irish rescue Centres
Appendix 11: Table of International Callsign series
Appendix 12: List of ITU International Telephone Dialling Codes
Appendix 13: ITU International Telex Dialling Codes
Appendix 14: International Morse Code Signals and Phonetic Alphabet
Appendix 15: Radio procedures in the event of piracy, armed robbery and other acts of violence against UK Merchant Shipping
Appendix 16: Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers 2015
Appendix 17: Extract from MGN 305 (M+F) Amendment 1

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Graham D. Lees (B.Ed (Hons); CGLI Cert. (Marine Electronics); MRGC Cert.; BOT Radar Maintenance Cert.; GMDSS GOC; TC (Manchester University)) started teaching marine radio and electronics at Riversdale College in 1976, and became senior lecturer in charge of HND and GMDSS courses. After completing 21 years of teaching, he is now retired, but continues his involvement in technical writing and advisory work, specialising in the training needs of those involved in the marine radio communications and electronic navigational aids to industries. In addition, he continues to teach GMDSS at Liverpool John Moores University on a sessional basis. He retains his appointment as GMDSS examiner on behalf of MCA/AMERC and recently returned to his role on the AMERC GMDSS examiners panel.

William G. Williamson (B.Sc. (Open); Eng. Tech; MIET.; 1st Class PMG.; BOT Radar Maintenance Cert.; GMDSS GOC; Cert. Ed. (Manchester University)) - after 20 years with the Marconi Marine Company - joined the staff at Riversdale College of Technology in 1980 as a lecturer, primarily concerned with radio officer training. He then became a senior lecturer at Liverpool Community College with particular responsibilities for all GMDSS courses, including the GOC, ROC and LRC certificates until he retired in 2001. He continued to teach part-time on GMDSS courses at the Lairdside Maritime Centre, Birkenhead until he finally retired in 2015. He was a member of AMERC's Executive Committee for nine years and chaired AMERC's Regulations Examination panel for 15 years, and is currently the chairman of the Liverpool Marine Radio and Electronics Society and of the Liverpool Nautical Research Society.


"I have known the authors since the introduction of the new marine radio systems and regulations in the early ‘90s. They have both made significant contributions to the advancements of the GMDSS in the UK, advancements which are reflected in their work for AMERC Ltd and in their excellent Handbook for Marine Radio Communications which provides an ideal reference for ship's crews and students alike."

- Keith Mitchell, AMERC Chief Examiner (GMDSS)