Canadian Coast Guard rolls out Iridium Certus

The Canadian Coast Guard has agreed a deal with Iridium to deploy the Certus L-band connectivity service across its fleet, in conjunction with Iridium partner MetOcean Telematics.

The Canadian Coast Guard responds to marine search and rescue and environmental incidents, provides icebreaking and aids to navigation services, and ensures waterways are safe year-round including in the Arctic during the operational season from June to November.

The Coast Guard has installed dozens of Thales VesseLINK 700 terminals on its vessels, including icebreakers, choosing the global satellite service to ensure coverage in the high Arctic where the Coast Guard serves.

“Reliable internet connectivity onboard our vessels helps contribute to our crew members’ well-being and ensures that our crews are able to carry out the Canadian Coast Guard’s services to protect mariners and the marine environment,” said Mario Pelletier, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard.

“Having a support network to ensure we never lose that vital connection with our shore-based personnel and services is vital in the Arctic.”

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