Inmarsat originally was an inter-governmental organisation set up in 1979 under the auspices of the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) for SOLAS (safety of life at sea). It was the first of its kind in the satellite World and because of that several entities were used to create the network infrastructure including the ground infrastructure; the land earth stations (LES = where the satellite signal returns to Earth). When the organization was privatised in 1999 due to increased satellite competition it retained its SOLAS obligations and the satellites with most of the infrastructure were retained by Inmarsat PLC. There were several land earth stations globally though that were retained by other private companies. Over recent years these LESOs (land earth station organisations ) have consolidated into just a few larger companies including Marlink; KDDI; Singtel etc. Whenever traffic from your terminal passes through an LES owned by one of these companies then they will charge you for that service.


As your appointed AA (Accounting Authority ) we are obliged to collate any non-Inmarsat LES charges and pass them on to you. We have no control over these charges whatsoever. You do not have to use these LES companies however and if you follow the attached advice as forwarded previously then you will incur no additional LES charges whatsoever. When you use our preferred (Inmarsat PLC) LES code; pass no private traffic but only that for fishing purposes then the fishing authority will pick any and all charges. If I can help to clarify any further at all please don’t hesitate to let me know as I will be only too pleased to help.


Please find below an instruction for changing these settings to the preferred Inmarsat LES codes (X12; X02 or X22). As well as being over 3 times as expensive as the preferred ones using Astrium/Airbus LES codes (X21) will in addition incur a 20% administration fee.

If your VMS system is set up so that your VMS e-mails to fishing authorities request confirmation then you may be charged an inter-LESO fee. The Fishing Authorities have confirmed to us that they no longer require this. To disable this message confirmation we suggest you do the following (example shown using EasyMail Application):-
Having written your message press the “Send” button as per below:-

This window pops up so then you simply need to deselect “Confirmation Request” so that NO tick is shown and then OK as per usual.

We strongly recommend that this be done to save you unnecessary expense.










Selecting the correct LES codes for your VMS traffic

If you use your VMS terminal for sending e-mail messages then you should send these messages by Stratos or you may be charged very expensive rates by other carriers.

If you want to send a message please do the following: –
Open EasyMail (version 1.15 is shown here). Select “Setup” then “Default LES…” from the menu items at the top of the EasyMail Window

Then select Burum for each of the ocean regions you might use ([582] Pacific Ocean and [583] Indian Ocean) in the “Default LES Selection” window that pops up and click “OK”:-

When you have finished your e-mail you need to reset your terminal to Aussaguel (021; 121; 221;321) if your fishing authority uses Vizada for monitoring and provision of free messages to them as required.





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