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Subelement I
Inmarsat Equip. & Comms:
Section 76
Satellite SAR-MCC-RCC:
What action would be the swiftest and most certain way to notify a RCC of a Distress situation aboard your vessel?
  • Compose a detailed Distress message and send it to the closest LES to optimize the SAR response.
  • Correct Answer
    Confirm the information in the Distress Alert Message setup menu is correct and use the "hot-key" or Distress Message Generator function on your satellite terminal.
  • Press all of the "hot keys" available in the GMDSS console to ensure the RCC is notified.
  • Send a multi-frequency DSC alert to ensure the RCC is notified regardless of Ionospheric propagation conditions.
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What information should be sent in a detailed satellite Distress message that was not included in the initial "hot-key" Distress Alert?
  • Name/Call sign of vessel, vessel position, vessel description, all vessel I.D. numbers, LES code for Distress traffic.
  • POB, vessel description, all vessel I.D. numbers, shore contact numbers, vessel position.
  • Correct Answer
    Name/Call sign of vessel, POB, vessel description, all vessel I.D. numbers and shore contact numbers.
  • Name/Call sign of vessel, nature of Distress, POB, vessel description and all vessel I.D. numbers.
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What actions should be taken to transmit a detailed satellite Distress message to a RCC handling your vessel's initial "hot-key" Distress Alert?
  • Compose a detailed Distress message, attach it to the Distress Alert Setup menu and re-transmit the "hot-key" Distress Alert.
  • Call up and edit a pre-saved detailed Distress message, select the closest LES and press the "hot-key."
  • Compose a detailed Distress message, use the Transmit or SEND/REC menu and send it to both the RCC and to your company emergency contact number.
  • Correct Answer
    Call up and edit a pre-saved detailed Distress message, use the Transmit or SEND/REC menu, select Distress priority and choose the best LES for the situation.
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What is your vessel's obligation upon receipt of a Distress priority EGC message requesting that vessels report in response to a SAR situation?
  • Correct Answer
    Silence the alarm, notify the master and send a message to the RCC with your vessel's position and capabilities.
  • Read the Distress EGC message and if the situation is too far away no response is required.
  • Read the Distress EGC message and await instructions from the RCC as how to proceed to the distress.
  • Silence the alarm, notify the Master and await instructions from the RCC as to whether your vessel is requisitioned or released from participation in SAR activity.
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What statement is true regarding LES codes and Inmarsat "hot-key" alert default menus?
  • Automatic or manual updating of the LES code only needs to be done when switching to a different ocean region satellite.
  • The SAR jurisdiction software automatically updates the "hot-key" menu based on the vessel's position.
  • The LES code is determined by the NAVAREA based on the vessel's current position.
  • Correct Answer
    The LES code must be updated by the officers depending upon the SAR jurisdictions the vessel transits and current ocean region satellite in use.
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Detailed Distress situation report message formats can best be found in?
  • Correct Answer
    IAMSAR manual Volume III.
  • ITU list of RCC and Coast stations.
  • AMVER chapter of NGA PUB 117.
  • FCC Title 47, Part 80.
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