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A day in the life of...


JOHN DODD


DIRECTOR OF SAFETY SERVICES INMARSAT MARITIME


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riven by a passion to save more lives at sea, John Dodd is used


to a high-adrenaline, fast-paced daily working life. Whether it is reacting to a desperate call about a missing yacht or travelling around the world to assist with Search and Rescue operations


and provide critical


training, John’s role leading the Inmarsat Safety team is dedicated to keeping over two million seafarers and sailors safe every day.


Over 23 years’ experience in telecommunications and satellite technology, plus a childhood spent sailing on a yacht with his uncle and later as an open water canoeing instructor, provided him with first- hand experience of the dangers of the sea. Today, his team at Inmarsat is responsible for overseeing current and future Maritime Safety Services within the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), working closely with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Rescue Coordination Centres (RCC).


ALL IN A DAY’S WORK Responsibility for the lives of all the sailors out on the world’s oceans every day sounds like a daunting burden to carry for anyone heading to work. However, for John, and his Inmarsat Safety team, it is a job they love. All of them are fully committed to the continual innovation of Inmarsat’s safety services as the only IMO-approved satellite provider operating GMDSS, proud to claim over 99.9% network availability across the globe. Even sailors on leisure yachts exempt from GMDSS regulations benefit from Inmarsat safety services which are free of charge for all seafarers. It is the gratitude of rescued sailors and their families, plus the appreciation of rescue service personnel to game-changing improvements in SAR operational procedures, that continues to motivate John after six years in the job.


John arrives at Inmarsat’s towering London headquarters on City Road with the prospect of dealing with a daily average of nine distress alerts sent out by vessels, all picked up and monitored by the team at the sophisticated Network Operations Centre (NOC). In each instance, John and the NOC team will


follow the progress


of the SAR operation until it is resolved, sometimes coordinating with the relevant


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