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Short introduction to GMDSS
Ship distress and safety communications are facilitated through the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
- an integrated communications system using satellite and terrestrial radiocommunications to ensure that no matter where a ship is in distress, aid can be dispatched.
This System ensures also the provision of Maritime Safety Information (MSI), both meteorological and navigational information, on a global basis at sea.
The GMDSS was developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the specialized agency of the United Nations with responsibility for ship safety and the prevention of marine pollution,
in close co-operation with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and other international organizations, notably the World Meteorological Organization
the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the COSPAS-SARSAT partners.
View further information about the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (link by International Mobile Satellite Organization - IMSO).