AST provide satellite communications services which prioritise safety at sea.
Utilising satellite and terrestrial technology, on-board systems are designed to prevent accidents, quickly alert rescue authorities and nearby vessels in the event of an emergency.
Under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention, cargo ships of 300 gross tonnes and upwards and all passenger ships on international voyages must be equipped with satellite and radio equipment that conforms to international standards. GMDSS systems are equally valuable and increasingly prevalent on 'voluntary fit' vessels such as recreational boats and leisure yachts.
AST provides dependable solutions for the maritime industry that enables global connectivity for mariners anywhere in the world.
From terrestrial radios, GSM handsets to complete GMDSS compliant solutions, AST has the safety of your vessel and crew welfare covered if disaster strikes, and when communication is critical.
Leading the way is the Lars Thrane LT-3100S GMDSS terminal, a truly versatile safety system that not only provides all the required GMDSS distress alerting and voice support but also offers non-safety features in one package.
The LT-3100S GMDSS Terminal from Lars Thrane A/S is the first GMDSS solution to be available for the Iridium GMDSS service. It provides, not only, the key services for GMDSS compliance - such as Distress Alert and Maritime Safety Information (MSI) - but also incorporates non-GMDSS features - non-priority voice, data and SMS - in one small form factor terminal.
"Once a distress alert is confirmed, the highest priority voice call is automatically made directly to the RCC."
Hydrographic reporting (navigational dangers)
Medical advice and assistance
High priority calling
Shore-to-ship distress calling
Standard maritime calling and messaging
Distress alert relay
Inmarsat services and hardware from Cobham's SAILOR mini-C range have been keeping seafarers safe at sea since 1999 when GMDSS was formed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The solutions deliver critical connectivity through the receipt and transmission of vital ship-to-shore and shore-to-ship distress alerts.
The Cobham SATCOM SAILOR 6110 mini-C is a true next-generation GMDSS solution.
The SAILOR 6110 mini-C is more than just a way to meet mandatory GMDSS requirements, as part of the innovative SAILOR 6000 Series, it is an integral part of a vessel’s communication system.
The mini-C system features true triple functionality as it safely handles all GMDSS, SSAS and LRIT operation on board.
Distress alerts are issued when a ship or crew is in imminent danger. When there is no time to input information manually into the terminal, the crew can simply press and hold down the Dedicated Distress Button for approximately five seconds to transmit the alert.
Maritime Safety Information (MSI) and Search and Rescue related information is broadcast over the safety terminals, through SafetyNET, SafetyNET II, RescueNET and FleetNET services.
Any data that can be encoded into data packets from a shore-based operational centre.
Fisheries or catch report
Real-time safety distress
Send data reports back-to-shore including your position, route plan and catch details.
Stay connected to your shore-based operations
Dependant on the sea area a vessel intends to sail, the minimum requirement of GMDSS equipment will increase the further a vessel goes from the shoreside into remote waters to ensure optimal safety of the vessel and crew.
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) equipment provides a portable battery powered emergency locator which is designed specifically to help locate persons or vessels in distress during search and rescue operations. For maritime operations this equipment is a secondary means of distress alerting (i.e. a distress alert needs to have been triggered initially to alert authorities of the distress).
Search and Rescue Transponder (SART) is a self-contained, waterproof transponder intended for emergency use at sea to locate survival craft or distressed vessel.
The minimum global maritime distress safety system (GMDSS) minimum requirement is minimum of two handheld VHF handsets and at least one VHF digital selective calling (DSC) hardware onboard in order to raise a signal should the vessel or crew come into any bother or danger. The further a vessel travels into far-reaching sea areas the more safety at sea equipment is needed.
Marine very high frequency (VHF) radios enable worldwide communication – the hardware enables two-way radio transceivers on ships and watercraft for voice communication in both ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore environments.
Digital Selective Calling is a standard for transmitting safety and distress information via MF, HF and VHF. Calling can be between ship to ship, ship to shore or vice versa.