Satellite operator Iridium Communications revealed its first seven authorized Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) service partners. Beginning in the first half of 2020, Arion Communications, AST, Marlink, Marsat, NSSLGlobal, Satcom Global and Speedcast will provide Iridium’s global satellite GMDSS services, include safety voice, distress alerting, maritime safety information messaging, and data services, to mariners.

GMDSS is a safety-of-life system created by the International Maritime Organization designed to rescue mariners in distress while at sea. The system is partially comprised of satellite networks that feed distress information to rescue coordination centers around the world and enable the dissemination of navigational and meteorological information to vessels on the world’s waterways, facilitating safer marine travel.

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