GMDSS Radio Communications

BIM provides training in the use of GMDSS Radio Communications equipment for fishing and aquaculture personnel.

Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) is primarily vessel-to-shore alerting system where Rescue Co-ordination Centres (RCCs) receive distress alerts from vessels and then co-ordinate an appropriate rescue response.

Next courses scheduled:

GMDSS Short Range Certificate (Modules 1 and 2)
Duration: 3 Days
Course Cost: €175.00

  • 13-16 February in The NFC Castletownbere, contact osullivan@bim.ie on 027 71230
  • 21-23 March in Cromane, co Kerry. Contact Robert Walsh on 087 6837134 or Kathy Cullimore on 086 3856885 or email cullimore@bim.ie
  • 22-24 May in our college in Greencastle: Contact harkin@bim.ie on 353 74 9381068   

GMDSS General Operator Certificate (GOC)
Duration: Two weeks
Course Cost: €650.00

  • 13-24 February in The NFC Castletownbere, contact osullivan@bim.ie on 027 71230
  • For Schedule in our college in Greencastle: Contact harkin@bim.ie on 353 74 9381068  

GMDSS Long Range Certificate (Modules 1,2 and 3)
Duration: One week
Course Cost: €325.00

  • For Schedule in our college in Greencastle: Contact harkin@bim.ie on 353 74 9381068   

What GMDSS Radio Operator Certification do I require?

The required certification depends on:

  1. Classification of Vessel
  2. Area of Operation

1. Classification of Vessel

Classification

Registered Length

Class I

Greater than or equal to 24 metres

Class II

Greater than or equal to 17 metres and less than 24 metres

Class III

Greater than or equal to 12 metres and less than 17 metres

Class IV

Less than 12 metres

2. Area of Operation

Classification

Limits of Sea Areas

Area A1

Operates within range of a coast radio station fitted with VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment, approximately 30 to 35 nautical miles

Area A2

Operates within range of a coast radio station fitted with MF Digital Selective Calling equipment, approximately 100 to 150 nautical miles

Area A3

Operates within range of the Inmarsat satellite system

Area A4

Operates in the polar regions of 70 degrees North and South of 70 degrees

3. Certification Required

Class of Vessel

Area of Operation

Certification required

Training duration

Class I

A1

GMDSS Restricted Operators Certificate

4 Days

Class I

A2, A3, A4

GMDSS General Operators Certificate

10 Days

Class II & III

A1

GMDSS Restricted Operators Certificate

4 Days

Class II & III

A2, A3, A4

GMDSS Long Range Certificate

5 Days

Class II & III

A1

GMDSS Short Range Certificate (Module 1)

2 Days

Class IV

A1 and A2

GMDSS Long Range Certificate

5 Days

Successful completion of a course leads to a Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport GMDSS Radio Communications Certificate.

Downloads

Download the GMDSS Radio Brochure (pdf 678Kb) 

Contact Us

For further information contact our Training Centres:

National Fisheries College
Greencastle, Co. Donegal
Direct: +353 74 9381068/9381099
nfcgreencastle@bim.ie

National Fisheries College
Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Direct: +353 27 71230
rfccastletownbere@bim.ie

Coastal Training Unit 1
Robert Walsh
Mobile +353 87 6837134
walshb@bim.ie

Coastal Training Unit 2
Declan Donohoe
Mobile +353 87 2334620
donohoe@bim.ie

Dublin Office
Direct: +353 1 2144 262/241
training@bim.ie