Af: Henrik Nykvist

Additional mobile satellite systems providers recognised for use in the GMDSS

17.10.2018

Amendments to SOLAS Chapter IV and Appendix to accommodate additional mobile satellite systems providers recognised for use in the GMDSS per January 1st 2020

Amendments to SOLAS Chapter IV and Appendix to accommodate additional mobile satellite systems providers recognised for use in the GMDSS per January 1st 2020

Background: These amendments to SOLAS chapter IV and other related documents accommodate new mobile satellite systems recognised for use in the GMDSS.

Summary: The amendments are necessary because SOLAS chapter IV currently recognises only Inmarsat as a GMDSS satellite service provider. As the IMO considers recognition of additional GMDSS satellite service providers, it is necessary to replace these references with a generic term.

Implication: It should be noted that MSC 99 also adopted consequential amendments to the HSC Code (1994 & 2000) and the SPS Code and Certificates: Forms P, R and C.

Application: The changes enter into force on 1 January 2020 and are applicable to all ships which are subject to the requirements of the GMDSS.

Adopted by Resolutions:

MSC.436(99)

MSC.438(99)

MSC.439(99)

MSC.445(99)

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