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Iridium GMDSS application process continues

The Iridium satellite network The Iridium satellite network

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.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The meeting heard a report by the International Mobile Satellite Organisation (IMSO) on the technical capabilities of the Iridium network with regard to GMDSS recognition, which said that Iridium currently does not meet all of the requirements set out in A.1001 (25), the resolution containing the criteria for the provision of GMDSS services.

However, the Subcommittee was satisfied that, once these technical issues are overcome, it would be able to proceed with a recommendation to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) that Iridium be recognised as a GMDSS provider. It was also recommended that A.1001 (25) be reviewed, and amended if necessary.

Inmarsat is currently the sole approved GMDSS satellite service operator. 

“We welcome the support of the international community and the IMO, and look forward to moving to the next phase in support of providing GMDSS services,” said Brian Pemberton, vice president and general manager of aviation and maritime businesses at Iridium.

“The IMO Subcommittee on NCSR recognised the work that Iridium has undertaken to demonstrate the functionality required to provide GMDSS services. Once we satisfy the outstanding items contained in the IMO report, Iridium can be recommended for recognition as a GMDSS service provider.”{/mprestriction}

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