|From Ocean Navigator #99
Sailors interested in contacting merchant vessels via Inmarsat-C can now look up telex and email addresses by visiting a web site. The site, www.inmarsat.org/ships, provides addresses free of charge for all merchant ships with Inmarsat-C service.
Imagine the possibilities: “Mind if we pop over for lunch?” “Could you spare your engineer for the afternoon? My generator is down and we haven’t had ice for a week.” “Could you spare 50 gallons of fuel from your 10-million-gallon supply?” or the civilized Mayday message, “Pardon me, but we are in a sinking condition and would be ever so grateful for a ride to the next port.”