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What is the purpose of the Maritime Manual?

The main purpose of the “Manual for Use by the Maritime Mobile and Maritime Mobile-Satellite Services” (Maritime Manual) is to provide the maritime community with a description of the GMDSS and other maritime operational procedures as well as with a compilation of the most relevant ITU regulatory, technical and operational texts that are relevant to the maritime mobile and maritime mobile-satellite services. The Maritime Manual is published in accordance with RR Article 20  (RR20.14). Its Volume 1 describes the organisation and operation of GMDSS and maritime operational procedures. Volume 2 contains extracts of the regulatory texts associated with maritime operations.