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Subelement C
F.C.C. Rules & Regulations:
Section 13
Inspections and Exemptions:
How often must a compulsory vessel's GMDSS radio station be inspected?
  • Correct Answer
    Annually, by the FCC or designated authority.
  • Annually, by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Annually, by the FCC, and every six months if the vessel sails outside of Sea Areas A1 and A2.
  • The FCC's annual inspection may be waived if and only if monthly inspections are performed by the vessel's on-board GMDSS Radio Maintainer.

How often must a compulsory vessel's GMDSS radio station be inspected?
(A). Annually, by the FCC or designated authority.

47 CFR 80.1067(a) Ships must have the required equipment inspected at least once every 12 months by an FCC-licensed technician holding a GMDSS Radio Maintainer's License. If the ship passes the inspection the technician will issue a Safety Certificate.

For details of requirements, please read from Code of Federal Register:
Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 80 Subpart W Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

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What periodic inspection is required in order to remain in compliance with the regulations regarding GMDSS ship radio station inspections?
  • U.S. Coast Guard annual inspection.
  • Correct Answer
    An inspection at least once every 12 months by the FCC or a holder of a GMDSS Maintainers license.
  • FCC inspection every five years.
  • Periodic inspections not required if on board maintainers perform routine preventive maintenance.

What periodic inspection is required in order to remain in compliance with the regulations regarding GMDSS ship radio station inspections?

(B). An inspection at least once every 12 months by the FCC or a holder of a GMDSS Maintainers license.

47 CFR 80.1067(a) Ships must have the required equipment inspected at least once every 12 months by an FCC-licensed technician holding a GMDSS Radio Maintainer's License. If the ship passes the inspection the technician will issue a Safety Certificate.

For details of requirements, please read from Code of Federal Register:
Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 80 Subpart W Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

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Which statement is false regarding a GMDSS-equipped ship?
  • A conditional or partial exemption may be granted, in exceptional circumstances, for a single voyage outside the sea area for which the vessel is equipped.
  • The regulations apply to all passenger ships regardless of size and cargo ships of 300 gross tons and upwards.
  • Correct Answer
    Ships must have the required equipment inspected at least once every five years.
  • Ships must carry at least two persons holding a GMDSS Radio Operator's license for Distress and Safety radio-communications purposes.

Which statement is FALSE regarding a GMDSS-equipped ship?
(C). Ships must have the required equipment inspected at least once every five years.

47 CFR 80.1067(a) Ships must have the required equipment inspected at least once every 12 months by an FCC-licensed technician holding a GMDSS Radio Maintainer's License. If the ship passes the inspection the technician will issue a Safety Certificate.

For details of requirements, please read from Code of Federal Register:
Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 80 Subpart W Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

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Which statement is false regarding a GMDSS equipped ship?
  • Ships must have the required equipment inspected at least once every 12 months.
  • The regulations apply to all passenger ships regardless of size and cargo ships of 300 gross tons and upwards.
  • Ships must carry at least two persons holding a GMDSS Radio Operator's license for Distress and Safety radio-communications purposes.
  • Correct Answer
    A conditional or partial exemption may not be granted, in exceptional circumstances, for a single voyage outside the sea area for which the ship is equipped.

Which statement is FALSE regarding a GMDSS equipped ship?

(D). A conditional or partial exemption may not be granted, in exceptional circumstances, for a single voyage outside the sea area for which the ship is equipped.

The TRUE answers below are good to know:

  • Ships must have the required equipment inspected at least once every 12 months.

  • The regulations apply to all passenger ships regardless of size and cargo ships of 300 gross tons and upwards.

  • Ships must carry at least two persons holding a GMDSS Radio Operator's license for Distress and Safety radio-communications purposes.

For details of requirements, please read from Code of Federal Register:
Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 80 Subpart W Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

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During an annual GMDSS station inspection:
  • Correct Answer
    All required documents and publications might have to be produced and GMDSS operators may be required to demonstrate equipment competencies.
  • Licensed GMDSS operators may not be required to demonstrate equipment competencies but all required equipment must be fully operational.
  • All required equipment must be fully operational and any required publications that are not current must be on order.
  • GMDSS operators may be required to demonstrate equipment competencies and any of required equipment that is not fully operational can be repaired at the next port of call as long as there is functional duplication.

During an annual GMDSS station inspection:

(A). All required documents and publications might have to be produced and GMDSS operators may be required to demonstrate equipment competencies.

This just sounds like the most reasonable answer.

For details of requirements, please read from Code of Federal Register, especially

  • § 80.1073 Radio operator requirements for ship stations.
    § 80.1075 Radio records.

Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 80 Subpart W Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

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Which situation is least likely to result in an inspection of the radio installation by foreign governments or administrations?
  • When the ship's station license cannot be produced without delay.
  • Correct Answer
    When a ship visits a port for the first time.
  • When operational irregularities are observed.
  • When compulsory equipment is found to be inoperative.

Which situation is LEAST LIKELY to result in an inspection of the radio installation by foreign governments or administrations?

(B). When a ship visits a port for the first time.

The question ask for the most trivial situation. Those below are much more weighty reasons.

  • When the ship's station license cannot be produced without delay.
  • When operational irregularities are observed.
  • When compulsory equipment is found to be inoperative.

A key part to see that details the IMO, ITU, and other global agreements is the Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 80 - STATIONS IN THE MARITIME SERVICES

The requirements, and they are in sync with IMO, ITU, and other global agreements, can be found on Code of Federal Regulations
Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 80 Subpart C Operating Requirements and Procedures

Also, useful is Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 80 Subpart W - Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

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