LISCR issues Iridium GMDSS authorisation to AST

The Liberian Registry has agreed a partnership with UK-based satcom provider AST, making the company the first authorised service provider of the Iridium Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) for Liberian flagged vessels.

The Liberian Registry is the world’s second largest Flag, covering 12% of the world’s ocean-going fleet and over 4,500 vessels.

“I am very happy to announce this authorisation of AST for Iridium GMDSS,” said Alfonso Castillero, Chief Operating Officer of the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR).

“According to the national and international regulations, the ultimate regulator on the vessel is the Flag State; as such, the Flag State needs to remain up to date with the latest in technological advancements of the equipment and services used aboard its fleet. I feel this assists us greatly in achieving that objective.”

Iridium’s GMDSS service officially went live in December 2020, with the company joining Inmarsat as only the second approved provider of the safety service in its history. AST carried out the first commercial activation of Iridium GMDSS on a Norwegian fishing trawler shortly afterwards.

“We are delighted to become an authorised service provider for Iridium GMDSS services with the Liberian Registry. The Liberian Registry is well-respected for its safety, innovative services, and high quality standards. We are incredibly proud to add an organisation of its stature to our ever-growing portfolio of maritime partners,” said Gregory Darling, AST’s Founder and Chairman.

“This partnership further highlights AST’s capabilities to supply and support large vessel requirements on a global basis and emphasises AST’s complete commitment to delivering maritime safety solutions.”

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