Inmarsat plays a crucial role in maritime safety. Our satellite services form the core of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
At the touch of a button, GMDSS-compliant vessels are able to send an alert – which is automatically given priority access – to a Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) on shore, as well as shipping vessels in the immediate vicinity, using Inmarsat C or Fleet 77.
Vessels can also use the emergency calling facility on FleetBroadband as a back-up distress channel.
A voice distress service alarm panel has been developed as an upgrade for Cobham Satcom (formerly Thrane & Thrane) Sailor FleetBroadband terminals. This provides priority call access to an MRCC – interrupting all non-emergency calls, both ship-to-shore and shore-to-ship – when the red alarm button on the panel is pressed.
In addition, 505 Emergency Calling is available as standard on FleetBroadband, allowing the caller to contact an MRCC free of charge simply by dialling ‘505’.
In a medical emergency, FleetBroadband enables vessel medics to contact experts on shore via telephone, email and fax to help diagnose the problem and decide on the best course of action for the patient.
In addition, using telemedicine solutions developed by Inmarsat’s partners, onshore medics can remotely diagnose patients on board by viewing live video footage and accessing their medical records online.