FCC Advisory on MMSI

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FCC Advisory on MMSI

Postby jimh » Thu Dec 24, 2020 1:17 pm

In May 2016 the FCC issued Enforcement Advisory No. 2016-04 for Marine Radios on the topic of their MMSI registration and use.

This document can be downloaded from

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-16-513A1.pdf

The document explains the situation for boaters in the USA for obtaining an MMSI and which issuing-agency can be used for which types of boats.

The document explains in plain text several procedures involving sale of a boat, use of the MMSI, transfer of authorization, and so on.

The FCC document is written in rather plain language (considering it came from a government bureaucracy) and will answer many questions.

The document also notes that the U.S. Coast Guard estimates approximately 10,000 vessels send inaccurate MMSI identification on any given day.