The implementation of new Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) standards, originally scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2024, has been extended to January 1, 2028, by the Maritime Safety Committee.

This extension has been granted due to the intricate process of integrating new features into the performance standards. The extension allows Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) more time to develop GMDSS equipment that aligns with these new standards.

During this extended period, we want to assure you that we will continue to supply the existing GMDSS equipment. This equipment is fully compliant with the previous standards, as specified in resolutions A.803(19), A.804(19), A.806(19), and A.807(19).

The specific GMDSS equipment to which the performance standards apply are:

  • Shipborne VHF radio installations
  • Shipborne MF and MF/HF radio installations
  • Inmarsat-C ship earth stations

It is important to note that the transition from Circular MSC.1/Circ.1460 Rev.3 to Rev.4 extends the deadline for updating VHF radiocommunication equipment until after the first radio survey post January 1, 2028. However, individual flag states may have their own regulations. We recommend contacting your respective flag state authorities to ensure compliance.

No immediate action is required on your part at this time. Rest assured; we will continue to provide compliant GMDSS equipment that adheres to the previous standards. We maintain close communication with our OEMs and will keep you informed about the availability of equipment that meets the new standards.

We recognize the importance of keeping you informed about these changes. Therefore, we will be sending further communications to all our customers, explaining the extension and its impact on the procurement of GMDSS equipment when it becomes relevant again.

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