Inmarsat welcomes IMO review of GMDSS provision

Inmarsat, provider of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), today welcomed an International Maritime Organization (IMO) review of service provision.

Founded 32 years ago specifically to serve lives at sea, the global operator spends around US$5m a year delivering this free service.

“We welcome the IMO Maritime Safety Committee review concerning an application, sponsored by the USA, to become a provider of GMDSS service,” said Inmarsat's Chief Executive Officer, Rupert Pearce.

“We note that we comply with the IMO resolution 1001 requiring 99.9 per cent network availability and we urge delegates to apply the same standards when considering additional applicants.”

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