Maritime Administrations are responsible of making sure that companies offering a GMDSS Shore-Based Maintenance (SBM) service are acceptable according to the IMO Resolution A.702 (17). If a ship owner has chosen the radio equipment to be maintained through a Shore-Based Maintenance Agreement, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has agreed with a series of requirements that must be met by a company that seeks registration as a SBM provider.
IMO announced that the Plurinational State of Bolivia has become the 104th country to join the International Mobile Satellite Organization, the inter-governmental body that oversees the provision of certain satellite-based maritime distress communication services.
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