Recent inquiries by US Coast Guard Marine Inspectors indicated that a large number of vessel operators and ship masters continue to rely on outdated high seas communications frequencies when communicating with the US Coast Guard.
An IMO Sub Committee decided to greenlight consideration of both Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband and Fleet One for formal approval. To date, Inmarsat is the only company which has received approval from the International Maritime Organization to provide the GMDSS data and messaging communications on which mariners rely in the last resort.
Republic of the Marshall Islands issued a Marine Safety Advisory, in order to urge operators for compliance with revised Very High Frequency and Global Maritime Distress and Safety System HF Narrow-band Direct Printing channeling requirements.
The review and modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety system (GMDSS) continues this week at the fourth session of the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communication, Search and Rescue (6-10 March).
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