Distress is the most serious form of emergency and means that a vessel, aircraft, person or the environment is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance. A distress signal, also known as a distress call, is an internationally recognized means for obtaining help.
Equipment / Requirement Regulation Ship Type Interval By Remark Testing of the automatic identification system (AIS) SOLAS V/18.9 All Annually Service Company Test report shall be retained on board the ship. Long range identification and tracking system (LRIT) SOLAS V/19-1 SOLAS V/16 MSC.1/Circ.1307 All Annually
DSC VHF Switch off transmitter immediately. Switch equipment on and set to Channel 16; and Make broadcast to “All Stations” giving the ship’s name, call sign and DSC number, and cancel the false distress alert. Example All Stations, All Stations, All Stations This is NAME,