The LT3100 GMDSS: We're almost there!

In July, at our last meeting with the manufacturer, we were briefed on the certification processes underway, including the European Commission's approval of the new GMDSS standard IEC 61097-16. This was approved and implemented in September in the equipment.

Now the next and final step is to have DNV-GL perform an audit and issue the MED certificate for the Wheel mark. The task is time consuming but the objective of the manufacturer is to obtain the certificate before the end of November.

Technical training

The technical training started at the end of August with the "air bandwidth" providers and is progressing at full speed with a full schedule for the rest of the month. Afterwards, the training will be aimed at the manufacturer's GMDSS partners. The manufacturer also specifies that among the GMDSS partners, those who have already ordered LT-3100S will have priority over any available technical training places.

Ordering and Delivery of LT-3100S GMDSS Terminals

Due to the delay on the various certifications for the GMDSS LT-3100S, we recommend, for those of you who have not yet placed an order to avoid long delivery times.

the LT3100S GMDSS available for delivery starting this year:

In 2018, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) recognized Iridium as a GMDSS satellite service provider. The GMDSS LT-3100S system is designed for all IMO vessels and will be an alternative to the Inmarsat C solution.

The GMDSS LT-3100S system will meet all standards and certification requirements for maritime satellite communication equipment worldwide, such as FCC, ISED, RED and Wheelmark (in progress).

LRIT and SSAS functionalities will be supported in a software update (end of December 2020)

New GMDSS requirements: