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INMARSAT USAGE IN THE GMDSS

SAFETY calls. Remember that misuse ofthe DISTRESS facility may result in the de-commissioning ofyour SES. Use of the Distress Facility On INMARSAT-A or INMARSAT-B equipment the DISTRESS alert is usually activated by either:- a) Pressing a prominent DISTRESS key; or b) Dialling sequential numbers ego999. Doing this will provide telephone or telex access to an MRCC or CES and, if necessary, will pre-empt a Channel for DISTRESS communications. However with some equipments a Routine call may need to be initiated to an MRCC or CES for initial Distress alerting.