With the recognition of Iridium’s satellite service as a provider for the international global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS), ship operators have more options to ensure the well-being of their crew and vessels. The approvals from IMO and SOLAS mean that there are now two certified providers of GMDSS services. “Iridium GMDSS provides a real alternative to Inm-C, offering satellite-based maritime distress services with truly global coverage. This is an excellent development for the whole maritime industry because it gives vessel operators the opportunity to install a greater selection of equipment to meet their exact requirements,” says Alf Stian Mauritz, Managing Director, IEC Telecom Group. The Lars Thrane LT-3100S GMDSS System provides a distress alert and safety voice system, maritime safety information (MSI), and ship security alert system (SSAS) in addition to supporting bridge alert management and long-range identification and tracking (LRIT) – all via a single antenna cable solution with a high-performance GNSS/GPS receiver. Supported by IEC Telecom’s global satellite communications solutions, vessel and personal safety is enhanced by reliable connectivity and coverage while keeping costs low thanks to flexible tariffs and hardware that fit all budgets.