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Iridium GMDSS application approved by IMO Featured

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has confirmed its intention to approve the Iridium satellite network as a recognised provider of Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) services, joining the single current recognised service provider, Inmarsat.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Iridium confirmed that MSC has agreed that its satellite network meets all the criteria to provide mobile satellite services as part of the GMDSS, and that it will adopt the ‘Statement of Recognition’ proposed by the United States as a Committee Resolution.

Iridium and the United States, the delegation sponsoring Iridium’s application at the IMO, will work with the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) in monitoring progress in Iridium’s implementation of the service, with IMSO to report to the MSC once a Public Services Agreement has been entered into between Iridium and IMSO, likely marking the start of the service.

With that, Iridium will become only the second recognised GMDSS provider in the history of the system, with Inmarsat having acted as the sole approved network operator since the GMDSS first entered into force more than 25 years ago.

“This is a historic moment for the maritime industry and an honour for Iridium to be the second ever recognised provider for GMDSS services,” said Bryan Hartin, executive vice president, Iridium.

“This is the dawn of a new era for mariner safety. We’ll bring a new choice and upgraded capabilities for mariners along with our truly global coverage that will for the first time extend the reach of satellite-based GMDSS to even the most remote waterways.”

Iridium formally began the process to become a recognised GMDSS satellite service provider in April 2013. The company says that it plans to begin providing services in early 2020.

“This has been a long time coming, and we are ecstatic to gain this very important recognition from the IMO. We are equally proud to ensure mariners will have access to this critical system from anywhere in the world that they sail,” said Matt Desch, chief executive officer, Iridium.

“Iridium has established itself as a trusted maritime safety provider for over a decade, and this recognition is a testament to both that trust and the capabilities offered by our satellite network.”{/mprestriction}

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