LRIT in 2010
Did you retrofit LRIT systems on your vessels or had existing Satcom C systems tested for LRIT compliance? Do you now receive notification from your flag state administration that your systems fail to send out regular position updates as required?
Since the first radio survey after 01 January 2008, each SOLAS vessel above 300 GT has to be equipped with a LRIT system in order to comply with the requirements as stated in MSC 211(81).
There are several ways to comply with these requirements. It is possible to use an existing Satcom C system which is capable of sending LRIT messages. The system just has to pass the LRIT compliance test of an ASP designated by the respective flag state authorities. There are also stand-alone LRIT solutions which can be retrofitted.
Following the IMO regulations all vessels which have to comply with LRIT requirements were already fitted with and tested for LRIT compliance in 2008. But when flag states started checking the regular receipt of position updates, they only notified shipowners about missing reports sporadically.
This is why it’s now possible to get problems with the flag state authorities, despite carrying out a successful LRIT test and holding a Certificate of Compliance.
We are pleased to help you find a solution to fitting your fleet with a LRIT system which doesn’t demand your valuable time.
Experience has taught us that stand-alone systems are more reliable than systems offer LRIT as an additional feature.
We also recommend that the system should be designed specifically to withstand the rough conditions on a seagoing vessel.
Next to the mini-C based TT-3000 LRIT system from Thrane & Thrane, which has proven itself in daily operation, we can now also offer you an Iridium based system – the CLS Thorium.
Thanks to the coverage of the Iridium satellite network this system is also approved for vessels with A4 sailing area and is definitely an interesting alternative to D+ based systems.
If you require any further information, we’d be happy to answer your questions – please contact us.