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Radio Communications

The UK Radio Regulator is Ofcom and as the administrator on behalf of a company you need to complete and generate all radio licenses. If you manage several companies you will need to register each company under its separate name.

Radio Licence

You need to apply for a Ship Radio Licence.  Registration on-line is free of charge and is available at http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radiocommunication-licences/ships-radio/.  Applications by post using form OF347, for which there is a fee per licence, should be submitted to:

Amateur and Maritime Team
Ofcom Licensing Centre
PO Box 56373
London
SE1 9SZ

For assistance please contact Ofcom Licensing Centre
Tel: 020 7981 3131 or 0300 123 1000
Fax: 020 7981 3333
Textphone: 020 7981 3043 or 0300 123 2024 - Please note that these numbers only work with special equipment used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
E-mail: licensingcentre@ofcom.org.uk

MMSI Number & Callsign

The MMSI number and callsign will change with the issue of a new radio licence. Arrange with your shore based maintainer for all GMDSS equipment to be re-programmed with new MMSI numbers prior to survey.

Radio Survey

A list of authorised persons for radio surveys of passenger ships (classed and unclassed), fishing vessels (classes and unclassed) and unclassed cargo ships is now available on MCA's public website here.

Owners of the relevant vessel types must approach these authorised persons directly, not through class. The authorised persons have been furnished with the necessary declarations and records of equipment to submit to the MCA Marine Office issuing the relevant certification. In the case of unclassed cargo ships the certificate will be prepared by Survey Operations Branch for issue by the authorised person.

Classed cargo ship owners must arrange survey and certification through their class society NOT through the authorised persons.

Since the posting of the list more applications for authorisation have been received and the list will be updated once these are processed.

Further information can be found in MGN 392.

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) Registration

The UK Ship Register considers the use of a serialized UK protocol to be the most effective and efficient means of holding and retrieving data about a ship. This protocol is the preferred programming option for the UK Search and Rescue authorities.

Arrange for EPIRB Mandatory Registration through MRCC Falmouth.

Tel:+44 (0) 1326 211569
Fax:+44 (0) 1326 319260
email:epirb@mcga.gov.uk

You will need to arrange decommissioning/re-commissioning of all Satcom IDs with your airtime provider.

For COSPAS-SARSAT 406MHz: EPIRBS serial coding should be used.

For INMARSAT 1.6GHz: EPIRBS INMARSAT London should be contacted at:

Inmarsat Global Limited
99 City Road
London
EC1Y 1AX
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7728 1777
Fax: +44 (0)20 7728 1142
email: customer_care@inmarsat.com

Long Range Identicication Tracking (LRIT)

SOLAS V/19-1 Long-Range Identification and Tracking regulation has now been implemented by the UK.

The regulation applies to ships engaged on international voyages, including all passenger and cargo ships over 300 gross tonnes.

For further information, please click here

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