Mackay Marine is the new global Iridium GMDSS service provider partner

Posted on Sep 8, 2021 3:49 PM by

The maritime executive

[By: Mackay Communications]

Global supplier of marine electronics and satellite communications, Mackay Communications, Inc., dba Mackay Marine, is proud to announce that it has joined the selected cadre of global service providers Iridium GMDSS for the new Global Maritime Distress service and Safety System (GMDSS) of Iridium. Mackay is also a global partner with Lars Thrane A / S, the first and currently the only manufacturer of an IMO certified Iridium GMDSS terminal, the LT-3100S.

Iridium’s implementation and accelerated activations of its GMDSS systems have progressed at full speed since the official launch of its global service in December 2020. This was preceded by more than 13,000 service tests and assurances aboard the LT 3100S, and the official recognition in 2018 of the Iridium GMDSS service by the International Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the Maritime Organization (IMO). This revolutionary at-sea safety solution is the first IMO-approved alternative system to Inmarsat-C since the GMDSS became operational in 1999.

Iridium’s GMDSS network architecture, combined with Lars Thrane’s terminal functionality, provides enhancements in security and connectivity to browsers, providing coverage, capacity and cost benefits.

• The main advantages of Iridium’s GMDSS service are its unique truly global coverage; a Safety & Distress priority button that initiates a voice call directly to an RCC *, triggering relayed alerts; automatic storage of maritime safety information (MSI) and preconfigured voice access to medical services.

• The rugged GMDSS LT-3100S terminal is a compact and integrated satcom terminal with a high performance GNSS / GPS receiver, providing voice, data and tracking services; all connected to its low profile antenna by a single coaxial cable, up to 500m long. Certified installers, such as Mackay, will provide the required integration and warranty protection.

Collectively, these feature sets are significant improvements over its predecessor.

The capabilities of the Lars Thrane LT-3100S continue to evolve. An external interface module is now available to support additional features that will be available soon, including IMO / ISPS regulatory requirements for SSAS (09/21/21) and LRIT (12/21).

“Mackay is delighted to have been selected as the global Iridium GMDSS service provider to promote this innovative GMDSS system to global resellers, integration partners and Mackay’s diverse customer base, served from our 50 global locations. Said Matt Krupinski, director of satellites for Mackay. Services. “The enhanced functionality of the Iridium GMDSS package is a welcome addition to Mackay’s current wide range of electronics and marine services.

“The unique combination of Iridium GMDSS service and Lars Thrane’s terminal not only offers the security of a long-awaited enhanced emergency system, but also reliable communication alternatives to a wide range of browsers; attractive beyond the vessels required by SOLAS to include inshore boats, work boats, commercial fishing, rental yachts and pleasure craft, ”commented Kai Madsen, Mackay Communications, Director of Marine Satellite Sales.

The products and services described in this press release are not endorsed by The Maritime Executive.

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