18 April 2018

AFMA’s airtime provider Inmarsat is now expected to commence a transition of satellite C services from their I-3 constellation to the I-4 satellite constellation in the Australian region at the end of June 2018 (https://marlink.com/inmarsatc-i4-migration/).

When the transition commences there may be periodic outages to Inmarsat C VMS units to enable the work to be undertaken, in preparation for the I-4 satellite service.

AFMA understands there may be a risk that older VMS models, for example the Thrane & Thrane 3022 and 3026 models, may encounter problems during the transition. There is a possibility that some older devices may cease to be compatible and require replacement.

AFMA will continue to closely monitor the Commonwealth fleet during this transition to ensure any issues are detected early and will work with any fishers affected. If you encounter problems after the transition period or have further questions, please contact the unit manufacturer, a marine technician or the AFMA VMS staff.

We’ll be revising the list of approved systems to include additional units that will be available to Commonwealth fishers. Further updates will be provided on the AFMA website http://www.afma.gov.au/fisheries-services/vessel-monitoring/.

If you have any questions on this matter please phone 02 6225 5542 or email vmsinfo@afma.gov.au.