Panpan calls are messages sent when situations are urgent but do not qualify as distress.
The term Panpan derives from the French word Panne which means broken down.
An example would be that a vessel has broken down and requires a tow. There is no imminent threat to safety.
Panpan calls need to be addressed to whoever they are intended for. This may sometimes be all ships.
Panpan, Panpan, Panpan
All Stations, All Stations, All Stations,
This is Merlin, Merlin, Merlin, Call sign Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta One
I am 2 Miles South of St. Catherine’s Point
I have run out of Fuel and require a tow
I have three persons on board
Pan Pan calls can be used when there is a medical emergency and you need advice.
They follow the same format as a normal Pan Pan but they are addressed to the coastguard.
Take a look at the example:
Panpan Panpan Panpan
Solent Coastguard, Solent Coastguard, Solent Coastguard
This is Big Hurt, Big Hurt, Big Hurt
Call Sign Oscar Uniform Charlie Hotel India Echo One
MMSI 234 678 396
Request urgent medical advice