Applied Satellite Technology Ltd (AST) has announced to be a Service Provider for Iridium’s Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
In the first half of 2020, the new service plan will go live. It will offer global satellite GMDSS service to the seafarers and provide with a very new option in satellite network and equipment.
For the first time, all the three GMDSS services- safety voice, distress alerting and maritime safety information messaging will be featured by Iridium® GMDSS. It will also make use of the global voice and data services of Iridium. All of these in one cost effective and compact terminal.
AST’s Group Managing Director, Gregory Darling said; “We’re delighted and proud to be at the forefront of this exciting new service, building on our strong relationship with Iridium and further expanding our capability in the maritime market”.
He continued, “We continually invest in our own solutions and services designed to bring our customers reliability, efficiency and choice. With our extensive experience in this market sector and our exceptional 24/7 manned global customer service capabilities we look forward to adding this life-critical service to our portfolio.”
Iridium received the recognition to offer GMDSS in 2018 from IMO. Then a public service agreement to be a regulator of the service was signed with IMSO in 2019.