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Changes expected to Inmarsat satellite services including GMDSS

Inmarsat is migrating the GMDSS Services, Inmarsat C and Fleet 77, from the Inmarsat-3 satellite constellation to the Inmarsat-4 satellite constellation. During the migration manual intervention on Inmarsat Ship Earth Stations may be necessary. After each phase of the migration the coverage area of these GMDSS services will change.

RMI: Update on required documents for Ship Radio Stations

Under SOLAS Chapter IV, some vessels are required to have ‘Ship Radio Stations’, which are to be licensed and the vessels must carry certain related documents and publications. The Republic of Marshall Islands updated the requirements of documentation regarding Ship Radio Stations for its vessels. 

How wireless communications ensures safe navigation

Maritime frequencies are protected by a set of rules and procedures. Their use is supported by technical standards, and reports, while there are program aims to safeguard important frequencies used by emergency position indicating radio beacons.

Inmarsat receives SAFETY4SEA Technology Award

SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce that Inmarsat has received the 2018 SAFETY4SEA Technology Award at a prestigious award ceremony which successfully concluded on October the 2nd at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the SAFETY4SEA Conference.

A broader safety platform for seafarers in distress

Mr. Peter Broadhurst, SVP Safety and Security, Inmarsat Maritime, talks about the next steps toward GMDSS modernisation. Following recent IMO decision with regards to GMDSS, real progress can be made in the functionality of the satellite-based emergency service seafarers call on in the last resort.

Slowing Africa’s silent killer

Mohammed Drissi, Trustee at International Maritime Rescue Federation speaks about what he calls “Africa’s silent killer”: drowning. Drowning has become a silent epidemic, says Mr. Drissi, as it is causes the most deaths after malaria and malnutrition. However, what makes it dangerous is the fact that it is often out of sight.

Inmarsat: Steps toward GMDSS modernisation

While the voting procedure for the 2018 SAFETY4SEA Awards is open, Mr. Peter Broadhurst, SVP Safety and Security, Inmarsat Maritime , talks about company’s ‘Fleet Safety’ service for which Inmarsat has been nominated in the ‘Technology’ category alongside a number of other distinguished nominees.

Overview of IMO MSC 99 outcome

The 99th session of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee concluded on 25 May marking new steps and reviewing older developments towards a safer shipping industry. Autonomous vessels, piracy and armed robbery against ships, the Arctic shipping safety, as well as the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, were key topics on the agenda.

IMO MSC 99 approves second GMDSS service

IMO’s MSC 99, currently underway in London, has recognized that the Iridium network, by the US-based satellite communications provider Iridium Communications Inc., meets all the criteria needed to provide mobile satellite services in the GMDSS, and to adopt the “Statement of Recognition” proposed by the US as a Committee Resolution.

Bolivia joins International Mobile Satellite Organization

​​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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