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Turkish training ship installs GMDSS systems

The SAILOR 6222 VHF DSC Class A system The SAILOR 6222 VHF DSC Class A system

TUDEV, the Turkish Maritime Education Foundation, has completed the installation of a range of SAILOR GMDSS systems, including Inmarsat Mini-C and maritime radios, on board a new training ship for Turkish maritime cadets.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The SAILOR 6000 GMDSS systems will be used on board the Ro-Ro/Passenger ship ‘SAMSUN’, which was recently chartered and converted for training by TUDEV, the Turkish Maritime Education Foundation. Installation was managed by Cobham SATCOM’s Turkish partner Elektro Deniz, with all products capable of being operated from the same touchscreen interface.

The vessel recently completed a 60 day voyage with 219 cadets, navigating the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey before moving to Istanbul and the Black Sea coast. During the voyage cadets were trained in effective communication with the Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) centres at Istanbul Strait, the Marmara Sea and Canakkale Strait using the GMDSS radios.

The course also covered general operation of MF/HF DSC, VHF DSC and setting of Navtex areas and messages, in addition to a focus on Inmarsat EGC (Enhanced Group Calls).

The training was carried out on the bridge of the SAMSUN, which has space for 10 cadets, and a dummy bridge on board with space for 20 cadets.

“While installation of the SAILOR 6000 GMDSS equipment was fast and straightforward, the cadets also reported that it was basically ‘too easy to use’,” said Ufuk Tuncer, master of the SAMSUN and previously general manager of vessel owners Denizciler Turizm.

“The simplicity of operation enables us to really focus on the foundations of navigation and communication, giving us the opportunity to deliver even higher quality training because we are not spending too much time on the technicalities of the system.”{/mprestriction}

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