Inmarsat has launched SafetyNET II, a service for Maritime Safety Information Providers (MSIPs) that forms part of an upgrade programme for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has released a roundup of the developments coming out of the recent 98th session of its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), showing a strong focus on technology-related areas such as autonomous ships and cyber security.
Frequentis is to install a coastal infrastructure for Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) communications in South Africa, on behalf of the South African Department of Transport in collaboration with Telkom Maritime Services.
Inmarsat is to supply five Fleet One units to a pilot initiative looking to change the way ships connecting island communities in the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu communicate, part of an IMO-endorsed capacity building programme based on co-operation between the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) and the Government of Vanuatu.
Singapore-based ship management company Unix Line has signed a maintenance contract with Alphatron Marine for its fleet of 42 vessels, supporting all navigation and communication equipment onboard.
Buffalo Computer Graphics (BCG) has upgraded its Virtual Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (VGMDSS) simulation software to add a new Inmarsat-C and Radio Telex terminal simulation.
IMO’s continuing process of modernising GMDSS has seen delegates at a Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) Sub-Committee meeting in March put Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband system forward to undergo technical assessment by IMSO (International Mobile Satellite Organization) pursuant to future inclusion as a compliant service, with a report to be provided for consideration by the next NCSR in 2018.
Iridium’s progress through the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) recognition process is continuing, with the March meeting of the IMO Subcommittee on Navigation, Communication and Search and Rescue (NCSR) returning to its assessment of Iridium as a future GMDSS service provider.
Inmarsat has marked the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Inmarsat-C satellite communications system by highlighting the continuing relevance of the maritime safety network, which handled more than 600 distress alerts from vessels in need during 2015.
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