Iridium creates online GMDSS Academy

Iridium has announced the launch of the Iridium Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Academy (GMDSS Academy), providing courses specific to GMDSS and related safety services to ensure that maritime students receive the required safety instruction for working aboard Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) class vessels.

The courses, taught by Iridium Service Providers (SPs), are available free-of-charge, with training packs downloadable by visiting the Iridium GMDSS Academy online.

Visitors will also find educational videos and background information including case studies and installation tutorials, with the programme to additionally be made available to maritime colleges around the world for integration with existing coursework.

“The GMDSS Academy is instrumental to improving safety at sea by providing critical GMDSS updates and communicating Iridium processes and procedures,” said Wouter Deknopper, Vice President and General Manager of Iridium’s Maritime Line of Business.

“Offering thorough educational curricula gives us the opportunity to distribute life-saving information and answer common questions before mariners set out to sea. Any maritime school, association or government agency can contact us to become trained as expert instructors for their constituents.”

In 2020, Iridium became the second GMDSS network provider alongside Inmarsat, allowing Iridium users with approved equipment to make emergency phone calls, initiate an SOS with the distress alert button, and transmit Maritime Safety Information (MSI) such as the location of dangerous debris, navigational warnings, and other anomalies.

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