Icom rolls out commercial DSC marine transceiver

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

23 February 2017

Japanese marine electronics company Icom has launched a new VHF/DSC marine transceiver to its commercial maritime line up.

The new GM600 is designed for Class A DSC operation and provides a complete GMDSS VHF communication system as required for Commercial SOLAS regulated vessels engaging in international voyages.

The GM600 meets the Marine Equipment Directive 2014/90/EU "wheel mark" approval for European merchant ships.

The company claims that GM600 is ideal for any commercial vessel that demands reliable, easy to use and high performance communications, crucial to the daily running of a commercial operation.

It would be ideally suited to cruise liners, tankers, offshore tugs, salvage vessels and deep sea fishing vessels, said the company. The GM600 has an independent DSC receiver, which constantly monitors Channel 70 whilst using another VHF channel. The DSC allows crew to call other ships or coast stations directly as well as all ships in their geographical area.

The GM600 has been designed to fit comfortably on any commercial bridge and blend in with other instrumentation whilst its power supply discretely mounts out of the way and out of sight.