Listing in mobile station license of non GMDSS equipment fitted on board Indian flag Ships

May 20, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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The Ministry of Communications (Department of Telecommunications) had notified the Flight and Maritime Connectivity, Rules 2018 which enable voice and data services to be provided on board Indian vessels, if desired by the ship owner. The Indian shipping companies have sought clarifications whether details of equipment installed for providing voice and data services such as VSAT equipment etc., installed on Indian vessels needs to be also listed in the “Mobile Station License” issued to the vessel. 

It has been clarified that Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) equipments fitted onboard Indian vessels are listed in the ‘Mobile Station Licence’ issued to Indian vessels. If any change is made to this requirement, the same would be communicated to all concerned by a suitable order or instruction by the Ministry of Communication. It is also clarified that till such time, such order or instruction is issued by the Ministry of Communications, there is no requirement for insisting on listing of non-GMDSS equipment including VSAT equipment in the Mobile Station Licence issued to the vessel.

The comments if any, with respect to this Notice may kindly be furnished to Capt. Daniel J Joseph, NS at [email protected] with a copy to [email protected], latest by May 21, 2019.


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