The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) is an internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment, and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.
GMDSS consists of several systems, some of which are new, but many of which have been in operation for many years. The system is intended to perform the following functions: alerting (including position determination of the unit in distress), search and rescue coordination, locating (homing), maritime safety information broadcasts, general communications, and bridge-to-bridge communications. Specific radio carriage requirements depend upon the ship's area of operation, rather than its tonnage. The system also provides redundant means of distress alerting, and emergency sources of power.
- Teacher: William Gyldensten
This course in applied mathematics covers the syllabus content of the relevant Certificate of Competence for Marine Engineering and Deck Officers, following the STCW Code, including the 2010 Manila Amendments, as laid down by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The course covers the core subject areas of arithmetic, algebra, mensuration in 2D and 3D, trigonometry and geometry, graphs, calculus and statistics and probability for Marine students for the Merchant Navy OOW qualification.
This introductory course to environmental management prepares students for their work on board by introducing them to environmental basics and the IMO model course 4.02; Oil Pollution, Preparedness, Response and Co-Operation Convention (OPRC), Level 1. First Responder.
Large global changes, and climate change in particular, are having significant impacts on the environment. The study of impacts and mitigation/adaptation measures in the marine environment requires a truly interdisciplinary approach. It is essential that scientists, engineers and environmental decision-makers understand the fundamentals of the causes, impacts and management measures involved in dealing with such important issues. It is not possible to understand and solve environmental problems when the problems are viewed from a narrow or single disciplinary focus, but it is possible to improve how humans interact with our environment from almost any field. Anthropology, archaeology, sociology, psychology, and other disciplines exploring how and why people act help a multidisciplinary environmental team determine the most effective way to educate or motivate people to act in environmentally sound ways.
- Teacher: Aage Joesang
This course is designed to meet the Bridge/Engine Resource Management requirements detailed in Table A-III/II/I of the STCW convention and in addition to the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) regulation FOR 2011-12-22 No 1523: Regulation on qualifications and certification for seafarers and subject plan dated 29.01.2015