AST authorized as first Liberian-flag Iridium GMDSS providerWritten by Nick Blenkey
Iridium Communications Inc. reports that its partner Applied Satellite Technology (AST) has become the first authorized Iridium Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) service provider for Liberian flagged vessels.
The Liberian Registry recently approved Iridium GMDSS to be used in all of Sea Area A4 for Liberian vessels, ensuring safety at sea where the alternative satellite GMDSS system does not work.
The Liberian Registry is the world’s fastest growing major open registry, flagging 12% of the world’s ocean-going fleet and over 4,500 vessels, making Liberia the world’s second largest flag state.
With the adoption of Iridium GMDSS, Liberian flagged vessels now have access to the world’s first truly global maritime emergency and distress service, ensuring access to safety communications no matter where they sail.
The ability to utilize Iridium GMDSS is particularly valuable for Liberian flag non-SOLAS vessels such as fishing vessels, recreational boats, and leisure yachts. Iridium GMDSS uniquely combines Distress Alert, Safety Voice, and Maritime Safety Information (MSI) in one terminal. With cost-effective, small-form-factor hardware, Iridium has made GMDSS more accessible to smaller vessels that may not have otherwise been able to afford the equipment.
“The Liberian Registry offers the highest-quality standards for innovative services and safety, making Iridium GMDSS a natural fit,” says Bryan Hartin, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Iridium. “As one of the first companies in the industry to provide Iridium’s truly global satellite GMDSS service to mariners, AST continues to be a leader in enhancing safety at sea.”