It is the second most important call after the Mayday call. The most common times Pan-Pan calls are made on a boat, are engine or rudder failure.
In our VHF Blog section we are adding the pre course reading needed before attending a VHF course.
The distress procedure word MAYDAY indicates that a vessel or a person is in grave and immediate danger and that immediate assistance is required. All Mayday voice calls are sent on Channel 16 on high power.
The International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet. This is also known as The Nato phonetic alphabet and was developed in the 1950's to give a standardised international alphabet naming system to avoid any confusion.