Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems

Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems became mandatory on board all sea going vessels of 300 GRT and above with effect from 1st February 1999. This is a communication system enabled by advanced terrestrial and Satellites based system achieved with state of the art communication electronics.

The department of GMDSS was established in the year 1997 in AMET and thus it was a pioneer in establishing and imparting GMDSS GOC Programme in India. It is a mandatory Programme for all deck officers in Merchant navy and with a view to enable these officers to upgrade their professional skills to operate the latest communication equipment on board, AMET started training scores of mariners ever since.

With a vision to train both the Indian and UK and other foreign nationals in GMDSS, AMET established both GMDSS Indian version and GMDSS UK version. The Programme was approved by AMERC, U.K. After critical scrutiny, AMERC approved AMET as an associate member. AMERC is the organization approved by the U.K. maritime authority (Maritime Coastguard Agency) and is empowered to grant approval to colleges all over the world to conduct GMDSS GOC (U.K.), conduct exams and issue certificate.

The GMDSS (IND) was simultaneously approved by Wireless Planning and Co-ordination Wing, Dept. of Tele-Communication, Ministry of Communications, Government of India and Directorate General of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping, Government of India. Both these Ministries were so impressed by AMET’s infrastructure that it was preferred and approved as an examination centre. Thus AMET was and continues to be the ONLY ONE maritime university in South India to conduct GMDSS GOC (U.K. version ) and pioneers to establish the GMDSS(IND).

Fuelled by the overwhelming response to the GMDSS IND Programme, AMET increased its approved strength from 12 candidates to 24 candidates (2 batches) in 1998.

The approved strength for the U.K. version is 12 students per batch. AMET has been very dynamic in its training system and always had an ear and eye to the industry’s changing requirements.

Due to spike in Covid-19 cases and as per directives of TamilNadu Govt., we have temporarily suspended the Indian / UK GMDSS Courses for April and onwards until further orders. Will notify when we resume.

For Enquiry and Booking GMDSS: Call Direct Line - 93440 07360 (0900 - 1630 HRS)
AMET Landline Nos. - 3257 7030 / 3257 7002 / 044 - 2747 2155 / 157 EXT: 162
Fax Nos. - 044 - 2747 2804 / 2747 2904
GMDSS Dept Email:

In Case of Difficulty Only, Contact GMDSS HOD R.Durga Singh: 94437 69132
GMDSS Faculty: Bibhas Mitra 63812 06863

AMET University has excellent infrastructure like 24 simulators and adequate faculty members to provide personalized and examination oriented training.

GMDSS (Indian Version)

Introduction: GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) course is designed and imparted fundamentally to cadets who are part of the merchant navy before becoming a junior officer. it is mandatory for all deck officers to pass this examination and hold this certificate (navigation department in merchant navy) prior appearing for the certificate of competency oral exams, which they may appear in any country.

Duration of the Course: Three weeks including Examination (11Days class and 4 or 5 Days Examination)


  • 10 + 2 Pass with Mathematics and Physics as Subjects
  • Valid COC or COP or PASS IN NCV – NWKO
  • Indian Nationality
  • 18 Years of Age (Completed) or More

Following Documents must be Produced on the First Day of the Course

  • Proof of Qualification - Original and Two Attested Copies
  • Proof of Age – Birth Certificate or Passport- Original and Two Attested Copies
  • Proof of Nationality – Passport or Any Other Proof and Two Attested Copies
  • 4 Nos Photos Size must be 4cm HEIGHT AND 3cm Width With Name Written on the Back

NOTE: All Attestation must be From State or Central Govt Gazetted Officer.
Notary Public Attestation Not Accepted. Also Bring All Originals

Dress Code: Formal (No Jeans And T Shirts)

Course Fees: Non Residential candidates: Rs .24, 000/-(inclusive of Examination fees of Rs. 2500/- and center fees of Rs.1, 000/-) For Residential: Rs 28,000/- (inclusive of Examination fees of Rs. 2500/- , center fees of Rs.1, 000/-, food and hostel accommodation for 20days)

Seat Booking: Contact GMDSS Section Direct No. 93440 07360 or send a E-Mail to and book your seat and then send the payment (Non-Refundable) OF RS.24, 000/- (Without Hostel) OR RS.28,000/- (With Hostel). This Includes Exam Fees Payable To WPC AND MMD.

Payment by means of Online or by means of Demand Draft.

The Demand Draft should be made in favour of AMET, payable at chennai in any bank. Write you’re name and contact number on the reverse side of the dd and keep a covering letter with all details.
Send the Demand Draft by speed post to the campus address at Kanathur.

Depositing of cash into our Bank Account thru Bank / ATM will not be accepted.

The Booking can be Postponed to another month with Minimum Ten Days Notice Subject to seat availability. The Fees Amount Will Be Forfeited If Enough Notice is not Given in Writing or E-Mail.
On Producing valid proof, AMET cadets are Eligible for One Time Discount of RS. One Thousand Only

*Unforeseen circumstances may lead to postponement or cancellation of a batch indicated in the table.*

Online Payment

  • To confirm your seat booking, kindly transfer the payment Online immediately.
  • After transferring, E-Mail to us the Details of the Payment Transaction and call us on 093440 07360.
  • Kindly mention the NAME of the candidate. Make separate transactions for each candidate.
  • In case of RESIT candidate, transfer an amount of Rs.7000/-

Following are AMET's Bank Account Details
Payee Name: Academy of Maritime Education & Training
Banker's Name: Indian Overseas Bank
Address: 124, L.B.Road, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai - 600 041
Bank A/C Number: 041802000001508
Type of Account: Current A/C
Branch Code Number: 0418

Please give the following Details:
RTGS / NEFT / ICICI Gateway Transfer Form
Academy of Maritime Education and Training, (AMET) No.135, East Coast Road, Kanathur, Pin 603112.
Student Name:
Course Gmdss INDIAN:
Mobile No:
Fees Details – Bank Transfer / IMPS (Fill if applicable)
Transfer Amount:
Date of Bank Transfer:
Transferred to AMET Bank Name: Indian Overseas Bank
Transferred to AMET Bank A/C No: 041802000001508
UTR No / Ref No:
IMPS Number:
Remitter’s Name:

NOTE : After remittance of fees, kindly call on 93440 07360 and inform.
Also kindly provide the remittance detail by E-MAIL

Seat will be confirmed only if you follow above, as this is required to confirm and make receipts.

Candidates without INDOS may also do the course, if they do not want to appear any COC with MMD / DGS.
Candidates must be present in the classroom by 0830 hrs positively on the course commencement date and on all course days.
For Seafarer’s Profile and Master Checker, Candidates must provide on booking

Candidate Name (as per 10 plus 2 certificate Name) :
Date of Birth: (Format / Example: 12-Feb-1995):
INDOs Number:
Passport Number:
CDC Number:

Please fill up the soft copy of attached application form and send back by Mail.

Who can do the course?
A mere pass in 10+2 (HSC) with Maths & Physics is sufficient.
Indian National.
Age: 18 years and above.

Employability :
Merchant navy ships.
Passenger ships.
Oil rigs.
Oil platforms.
Shore stations.
Marine communication equipment technicians.
Survey companies.
Accommodation Barges.
To sum up, wherever marine communication systems are used, this certification is mandatory for the operators.

Certification by: Ministry of Communications, Govt. of India

GMDSS (U.K Version)

Introduction: GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System ) course is designed and imparted fundamentally to seafarers who are part of the Merchant Navy before endeavoring to become a Junior Officer. It is mandatory for all deck Officers and sailors to pass this examination and hold this certificate (Navigation department in Merchant Navy) prior appearing for the Certificate of Competency Oral exams, which they may appear in United Kingdom.

Who can do the course? No formal academic qualification is required. However, thorough knowledge of English conversation and good knowledge of world geography and marine sea routes is required.

Minimum age limit is 18 years and above.

Duration of the course: 11 days including examination.

Certification: Issued Marine Coastguard Agency, of U.K.

Seat Booking and Payment Procedure same as the Indian Version above.

Why choose AMET?
AMET has been conducting this course successfully ever since it was introduced in India.
A pioneer in this course.
AMET is one of the two Examination centers in South India chosen by the Ministry of communications, Govt. of India for Indian version GMDSS and Only Examination cum training center in entire south India for UK version of GMDSS
Residential (hostel) facility available.
Highly experienced and motivated faculty members, all Radio Officers (in-charge of communications on board ships) with decades of experience in Merchant Navy and loads of practical experience at sea.
State of the art Simulator training facilities, live communication equipments etc. Extra Practical training even after the Office hours.
Results: above 75% for the last 15 years.