We would like to bring to our Members’ attention that the use of satellite phones such as Thuraya, Iridium and other such satellite communication systems in Indian waters is prohibited as per the DGS Order No. 02 of 2012.
Any vessel in possession of the above satellite communication equipment and calling at Indian ports should disclose the same to the authorities in the Pre-Arrival Notification on Security (PANS). We would request Members to inform their ships’ staff that these satellite phones or any other satellite communication equipment should not be used while vessels are in Indian waters unless a no objection certificate has been issued by the Department of Telecommunications (DOT).
The unauthorised use of these phones in spite of the prohibition constitutes a criminal offence and the offender may be prosecuted under Section 6 of the Indian Wireless Act and Section 20 of the Indian Telegraph Act. Source of information: http://www.dgshipping.com/dgship/final/notices/dgsorder2_2012.doc