The United States based- Iridium Communications Inc has announced the first
activation of an Iridium Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
terminal was completed by partner Applied Satellite Technology Limited (AST),
shortly following launch of the service in mid-December 2020 through a
Norwegian fishing trawler.
Found in the Norwegian town of Haugesund, the fishing trawler Trygvason
made history with the installation of two Iridium Connected® Lars Thrane
LT-3100S GMDSS terminals and has since gone on several fishing trips with its
upgraded safety system.
Iridium’s first GMDSS terminal, the LT-3100S integrates distress alert,
distress voice and Maritime Safety Information (MSI) services all in one
terminal at a fraction of the cost of existing competitive options. Remote
communications solutions provider AST, in partnership with local marine
services specialist Brommeland Elektronikk A/S, worked to install and activate
the Iridium GMDSS terminals on the Trygvason.
install, the trawler operates with global communications
Following the successful install, the trawler now operates with truly
global communications that is unhindered by poor weather conditions or how far
north the trawler sails. The single, small-form-factor terminal enables the
Trygvason to simplify operations by cutting back on other on-board equipment
and costs, while satisfying critical maritime safety requirements.
“The first Iridium GMDSS installation and activation is a culmination of
years of commitment and perseverance aimed to enhance safety at sea,” says
Iridium Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Bryan Hartin. “With
the support of AST, the Trygvason was able to smoothly transition to Iridium
GMDSS, cutting costs and enhancing the safety of their operations.”
Iridium started the process to become a GMDSS service provider in 2013 and
had to meet several requirements before formally ending what was a decades-long
monopoly held by another satellite company. After being recognized by the IMO's
Maritime Safety Committee and receiving a Letter of Compliance stating that
Iridium was authorized to begin providing service when ready, Iridium GMDSS was
formally launched in December 2020.
is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans
the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and
assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of
partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of
reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. In
2019, the company completed a generational upgrade of its satellite network and
launched its new specialty broadband service, Iridium Certus®. Iridium
Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common
stock trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM.