The Maritime Safety Committee postpones the enforcement of the new (GMDSS) standards, initially set for January 1, 2024, to January 1, 2028.
The Maritime Safety Committee has decided to extend the implementation date of the new Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) standards from January 1, 2024, to January 1, 2028. This extension is attributed to the complex process of integrating new features into the performance standards. The decision grants Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) additional time to develop GMDSS equipment in accordance with the updated standards.
During this extended timeframe, we want to assure you that we will continue to supply the existing GMDSS equipment, which fully complies with the previous standards outlined in resolutions A.803(19), A.804(19), A.806(19), and A.807(19).
The specific GMDSS equipment covered by the performance standards includes shipborne VHF radio installations, shipborne MF and MF/HF radio installations, and Inmarsat-C ship earth stations. It is essential to be aware 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, and we recommend contacting your respective flag state authorities to ensure compliance.
At this point, there is no immediate action required on your part. We want to reassure you that we will continue to supply GMDSS equipment that aligns with the previous standards. We maintain ongoing communication with our OEMs and will keep you updated on the availability of equipment that meets the new standards.
Recognizing the importance of keeping you informed, we will be sending further communications to all our customers, providing detailed explanations of the extension and its implications for the procurement of GMDSS equipment when it becomes relevant again.