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Element 7: GMDSS Radio Operating Practices

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7-A-006: Maintenance Options

7-6A1: Which of the following statements concerning maintenance requirements is false?

If shore-based maintenance is used, maintenance services do not have to be completed or performance verified unless the vessel will be sailing to a non-US port.

Compulsory vessels sailing in Sea Areas A1 and A2 must provide any one of the three maintenance options which are duplication of equipment, shore-based, or at-sea maintenance capability.

Compulsory vessels sailing in Sea Areas A3 and A4 must provide any two of the three maintenance options which are duplication of equipment, shore-based, or at-sea maintenance capability.

Equipment warranties do not satisfy GDMSS maintenance requirements.



7-6A2: Which of the following statements concerning GMDSS maintenance requirements is true?

The options are duplication of equipment, at-sea maintenance, and shore-based maintenance.

Compulsory vessels between 300-500 gross tons are required only to provide one maintenance option, while compulsory vessels larger than 500 gross tons and all passenger vessels are required to provide any two of the three maintenance options.

The "at-sea" maintenance may be waived if the compulsory vessel carries at least three licensed GMDSS Radio Operators.

Compulsory vessels operating in Sea Area A4 are required to carry at least one licensed GMDSS Radio Maintainer.



7-6A3: Which of the following is a GMDSS requirement for all vessels over 300 gross tons operating within range of a MF-DSC equipped shore station?

Only one of the three maintenance options is required.

Ship's Master or radio officer must be on watch at all times.

MF Communications must be handled by the holder of a General Radiotelephone Operator's License.

Only FCC Required spare parts and a maintenance kit for repairs are required.



7-6A4: What statement is correct regarding the maintenance requirements for A3 ships under GMDSS?

Redundancy of functions of certain equipment and on-board maintenance provided by a person holding a GMDSS Maintainer's license will partially meet this requirement.

If the vessel selects at-sea maintenance no additional parts and spares are required.

On-board maintenance provided by a person holding a GMDSS Maintainer's license will fully meet the requirements.

Shoreside maintenance and scheduled tests and inspections will partially meet this requirement.



7-6A5: A ship operating in sea area A-3 must have the following provisions for maintenance:

Any two of these are required.

Duplication of Equipment

Shore Maintenance

At Sea Maintenance.



7-6A6: A ship operating in sea area A-1 must have the following provisions for maintenance:

Any one of these is sufficient.

Shore maintenance

Duplication of equipment

At Sea Maintenance





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