INMARSAT-E service will close 1 December 2006

Based upon a realistic analysis of the comprehensive information received from Inmarsat Ltd. on the future viability of the Inmarsat L-band EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) system, the IMO has agreed in principle that there is no reasonable justification for requiring Inmarsat Ltd. to continue providing the Inmarsat-E service beyond 1 December 2006. It is now judged to be uneconomic compared with previous systems in more widespread use.  

The International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) will oversee the orderly closure of the Inmarsat-E service, ensuring that no existing registered L-band EPIRB users will be left without equivalent EPIRB cover at any time. 

In this regard IMO has issued MSC Circ/1171 giving additional information on the closure. 

Contact: Howard Snaith