Iridium Communications has announced that partner Applied Satellite Technology (AST) has become the first authorized Iridium GMDSS service provider for Liberian flagged vessels. The Liberian Flag 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 ability to utilise 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 claims it has made GMDSS now 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,” said 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.”