Iridium Communications has applied for the provision of mobile satellite communications in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. Iridium’ application to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was reviewed by the IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR). The application must then pass through the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and technical and operational evaluation.
Overwhelmingly, the delegates stated support for the United States position to advance Iridium’s application to the next stage for evaluation. Final approval is expected by mid-2016.
“This is a victory for Iridium and the maritime industry,” Iridium CEO Matt Desch said. “The overwhelming support for our application to provide the industry an alternative and equally capable option for GMDSS services is a testament to the value and benefit the Iridium network can provide to maritime safety.”
Iridium’s uses 66 low-Earth orbit, inter-connected satellites for global coverage everywhere, including Polar regions. Iridium plans to deploy second generation constellation in 2015.