EPIRB or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon is a safety device carried by a vessel to alert search and rescue services, allowing them to quickly locate you in the event of an emergency. When activated it transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system.
MSC 99 will examine how the safe, secure and environmentally sound operation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships may be introduced in IMO instruments. Previous Committee had recognized that IMO should take a proactive and leading role on this issue, given the rapid developments.
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AMSA in cooperation with MNZ has awarded a contract to enhance the search and rescue satellite system used to detect emergency distress beacons
The Republic of the Marshall Islands issued a letter to advise that the United States Coast Guard Navigation Center has issued an Advisory Notice stating that a number of GPS users have recently reported system outages.
Iridium announced it has formally submitted a comprehensive application to the IMO through the US for the provision of mobile satellite communications in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
Eight research institutions from six European countries are involved in the DOCKINGASSIST project, which set out to remove the guess work from the docking and maneuvering of container ships, bulk carriers and other large vessels through the development of a novel wireless network relying on a differential global navigation satellite system.
EU: Tentative agreement on European satellite navigation systems
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