Inmarsat plays a crucial role in maritime safety. Our satellites are the mainstay of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
At the touch of a button, GMDSS-compliant vessels are able to send an alert – automatically given priority access – to a Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) on shore, as well as ships in the immediate vicinity, using our Inmarsat C or Fleet 77 services.
Provides full support for GMDSS, including advanced features such as emergency call prioritisation, as stipulated by IMO resolution A888 (21). Also provides global voice and high-speed data up to 128kbps.
Inmarsat C and Mini C
Offer two-way, store-and-forward packet data communications via a small, low-cost terminal. Handles operational and personal messages, including email, telex and fax, just as easily as distress and safety communications.
Voice distress service on FleetBroadband
Small and medium-size vessels not requiring GMDSS compliance still need access to reliable safety services.
Inmarsat's voice distress service utilises FleetBroadband to provide priority call access, interrupting all non-distress calls – either ship-to-shore or shore-to-ship – as soon as the "red distress button" on the alarm panel is pressed.
The caller will then be connected to an operator at one of three Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres (MRCCs) strategically located around the globe. This service is enabled by fitting an equipment upgrade to a Thrane & Thrane Sailor FleetBroadband terminal.
505 Emergency Calling with FleetBroadband
Vessels can also make distress calls using the 505 Emergency Calling facility, which comes as standard with all FleetBroadband terminals.