Within the scope of the first phase of an overall rehabilitation and upgrading program of the Ministry of Public Work and Infrastructure, the Ministry of Defense granted a contract to SAIT to improve the maritime safety around the Island of São Tomé.

SAIT will supply, install and commission GMDSS coastal radio communication equipment in the Archipelago of São Tomé e Príncipe. The solution of SAIT will improve the safety of life at sea in accordance with the Rules, Regulations, Recommendations of the IMO – International Maritime Organization and the ITU – International Telecommunication Union as part of the SOLAS Convention.

The GMDSS solution comprises of three coastal stations deployed on the island of São Tomé and on the island of Príncipe using VHF base station transmitters / receivers and associated digital selective calling (DSC) equipment controlled from the Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) in São Tomé City. The system also includes VHF (watch keeping) radio telephony channels and wide screen displays.

The system is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2010 and will cover the whole archipelago state located in the Gulf of Guinea and consisting of the main island of São Tomé (860 km2) and of Príncipe (104 Km2) as well as some small offshore islands.