Satellite service provider Iridium has had its role as a GMDSS service provider formalised by the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO).
Iridium Communications had previously announced on 19 December last year that a Letter of Compliance was signed by IMSO stating it has positively verified the operational and technical requirements as requested by the IMO’s MSC for Iridium to provide GMDSS service.
The Letter of Compliance was formally presented to Iridium CEO Matt Desch by the Director General of IMSO, Captain Moin Ahmed, during a ceremony at Iridium's headquarters on the morning of 13 January 13. The issuance of the letter formally authorises Iridium to now provide satellite GMDSS service, bringing truly global coverage and a choice of both network and equipment to this critical emergency service for the first time.
Iridium has already appointed a number of service providers and is in the process of having essential equipment type approved.