Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Education & Training


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Muirhead, Peter M.


This dissertation shows that, due to the introduction of the terrestrial and satellite communication systems, training of radio personnel on the GMDSS has to be adopted. The carriage requirements for ships' radiocommunication equipment under the GMDSS are investigated. The wide variety of ship equipment available for transmitting, receiving, or relaying distress messages, maritime safety and meteorological information has been analyzed. The products of leading manufacturers of simulators for the practical training on communication procedures are examined. The methodology for training in the operation of GMDSS equipment in other countries is analyzed. The International and Mexican legislation for implementing the training and certification of GMDSS radio personnel are investigated. The concluding chapter recommends the implementation of a training programme for the General Operator's Certificate in the Mexican Merchant Marine Schools. To that end, a 15-day GOC course outline and a draft of relevant regulations have been developed.