by Sail World
Unfortunately, particularly outside Australian waters, Channel 16 on VHF and the international distress channel on HF, 2182, are rarely monitored by bodies that call themselves safety organisations, less by container ships, which seem to run on autopilot most of the time, without a watch keeper (or maybe they’re asleep).
The good news is that satellite phones and their call costs are getting cheaper and cheaper.
Australian Satellite Services offers a satellite phone with a limit of 200 miles off Australian shores – great for coastal sailors.
Iridium offers a world-wide satellite phone system, which works excellently from any location, from either cockpit or below decks on the nav. station.