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25 years to Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

25 years to Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

Dear colleagues!

Today we celebrate a significant date - the 25th anniversary of the Russian segment of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

The story of creation of the GMDSS in our country began with the adoption of the 1988 amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Human Life at Sea of 1974, ratified by the Russian Federation as the legal successor of the USSR. It was the beginning of domestic procedures and measures for the creation of the Russian segment of the GMDSS, including both shipborne and coastal components.

The task of creating GMDSS coastal radio stations in our country was established by the Government of Russia Decree dated 07.03.1997 No. 813, as well as by the Ministry of Transport of Russia Order dated 10.21.1997 No. 125, and was focused on the construction of Sea Areas A1 and A2. By 1997-1998, the Marine Fleet Service of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation had developed and approved national standards governing the creation of Sea Areas.

Thus, conditions were created to made it possible to ensure commissioning of Sea Areas A1 and A2 in the Russian zone of responsibility of the water areas of Black Sea, Azov Sea, Baltic Sea and Barents Sea, as well as in Peter the Great Bay (Japanese Sea) and in the waters adjacent to the ports of the southern part of Sakhalin Island by February 1, 1999.

Since its establishment, FSUE “Rosmorport” has been continuously and consistently working on the construction, reconstruction and technical re-equipment of GMSSB and NAVTEX coastal radio stations in most seaports of the Russian Federation. We have so much to be proud of! In recent years, GMDSS and NAVTEX radio stations in the seaport of Sabetta, NAVTEX radio station in the seaport of Taganrog have been built, facilities of Sea Areas A1, A2 GMDSS and NAVTEX in the Russian seaports of the Baltic Sea, White Sea, Caspian Sea, Black Sea and Japanese Sea have been re-equipped or reconstructed. To date, 43 coastal stations of the A1 marine area, 18 coastal stations of the A2 marine area and 11 coastal stations of the NAVTEX service are under the economic management of the enterprise, they are maintained and operated around the clock and year-round.

More than 400 specialists of the enterprise's communications and electrical navigation services, including 187 GMDSS and NAVTEX operators, ensure the continuous operation of the entire complex of GMDSS facilities. Over 110 employees are on duty around the clock every day.

On this significant day, I would like to thank all radio specialists for their conscientious work, high dedication and strict fulfillment of their official duties! Special words of gratitude to our veterans who devoted themselves to this difficult work.

I sincerely wish you inexhaustible energy, new creative and professional successes and achievements for the benefit of ensuring the safety of human life at sea!

General Director                                                                                         S.V. Pylin