Inmarsat launches free shore-to-ship voice calling for RCCs

Friday, June 15, 2012

Inmarsat has launched free shore-to-ship priority voice calling for rescue co-ordination centers (RCC) over its FleetBroadband and existing and evolved services, including Inmarsat B, Fleet F77/55/33 and Mini M.

The service allows a maritime RCC to place a priority voice call to any ship equipped with Inmarsat equipment, with the space segment of the call being free of charge.

To place a call the RCC dials a unique number. They are then asked to enter their account number (PIN), followed by the phone number of the Inmarsat maritime terminal they wish to contact. The telephone call will then be placed with distress priority.

"When it comes to delivering safety services, no other network can match the global reach and breadth of services we offer...." said Peter Blackhurst, Inmarsat head of maritime safety services.

Inmarsat's maritime safety services portfolio for its FleetBroadband family of terminals - the FB500, FB250 and FB150 - include:
- Distress priority voice calls
- Urgency voice calls
- 505 Emergency Calling

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