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March 10, 2004

Telenor gears up for SSAS

Telenor Satellite Services says it is expanding its Inmarsat C and Mini-C system at the Eik earth station in Norway making it easier for ship owners to comply with the new global Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) requirements defined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Telenor says its commitment to provide SSAS solutions via its global satellite communications network is intended to motivate shipowners worldwide to implement the new IMO requirement

The SSAS alert is a one-way, ship-to-shore alarm that originates aboard ship and is transmitted by an authorized communications provider to a competent authority as designated by the vessel's flag state. The flag state authority is then responsible for notifying the appropriate response agencies.

"For over 30 years, life and safety at sea and our close coordination with international Maritime Rescue Control Centers has remained a fundamental mission of Telenor Satellite Services," said Tore Hilde, chief executive officer of Telenor Satellite Services. "Telenor views this as an essential commitment to the welfare of the maritime community as well as a public duty that this company fully supports.

Telenor has established communications links in its earth stations to accommodate IMO Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Regulation XI-2/6 and offers SSAS solutions via Inmarsat C and Mini-C.

Telenor will also offer SSAS solutions via its Iridium services.

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