Deck officers should have the following knowledge/ability:

  1. A detailed knowledge of the operation of all GMDSS sub-systems and equipment.
  2. The ability to send and receive messages correctly by radio telephone and NBDP.
  3. A detailed knowledge of the regulations applying to radio communications.
  4. A knowledge of the documents relating to the charges for radio communications.
  5. A knowledge of those provisions of SOLAS which relate to radio.
  6. Sufficient knowledge of one of the working languages of the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) – French, English or Spanish.
  7. Candidates must be able to express themselves satisfactorily in that language, both orally and in writing.