A Brief History of HRASSA

Honduras Radio Accounting Services S. A. was born in 1985 and in 1986 acquires its accounting authority code AAIC-Ho01, Most of the vessels registered in Honduras did not have satellite terminals for maritime communications and mostly and the fleet of the world operated with VHF or MF transmissions and that these communications were transferred to their operations centers as well as to family members through coastal stations authorized by the State. using a phone-patch that was authorized by the telecommunications commissions, at that time Hondutel was the entity of the Honduran government that had the telecommunications concession and the entity registered with the ITU.

The mercantile operations were a bit difficult, there was no internet and the most we got was to the fax, The ITU handles the Gold Franc and so all the coastal stations issued invoices to the authorized AA in Golden Francs. Well, as we were the first accounting authority, invoices began to arrive from all over the world from vessels registered in Honduras, especially from the most important ports. Previously, these invoices arrived at Hondutel and were filed there. In Honduras there was no obligation to have an AA.

Returning to the Gold Franc which was the currency of communications, but not of the international monetary system that was the Special Drawing Rights from which national currencies such as the Dollar fluctuate. The collection was very laborious because we had to subscribe to international organizations to be aware of fluctuations and conversions to collect what is fair.

The concept of AA was not and did not exist in Honduras legislation, but it did exist in the commitments of the State of Honduras as a signatory to ITU, one of the recommendations was Resolution D90 F III. That was HRASSA's fight for the use on boats to be authorized and made mandatory.

In 1995 the Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL) was created, which began to organize the communications system in Honduras and with regard to the maritime mobile system and in 1998 a global turn was given to maritime telecommunications via satellite with business sense and the development of technologies.

The IMO in 1973 convenes the conference to establish a maritime communications system, in 1988 the GMDSS is introduced to the SOLAS convention for distress and safety calls. INMARSAT (International Mobile Satellite Organization) was established in 1994. In April 1999, Inmarsat LTD and an IMSO supervisory body under IMO were privatized and two entities were created.
In 2006, SOLAS was amended to incorporate resolution MSC.202(81) into an LRIT (Long-range identification and tracking of ships) system.

Finally, we have lived an interesting history of constant changes in the maritime mobile communications system and that conclude in the provision of information almost instantaneously that comes to improve the maritime operations of users so that they operate financially with less risk assuring the flag country the responsibility assumed as a Governing State.

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