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Old 17-03-2016, 06:30   #1
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MMSI - New Boat

I now have a new boat. I plan to bring my EPIRB from the old boat to my new boat. Does this mean I should change the MMSI number associated with the EPIRB (apply for a new MMSI), or transfer the MMSI from my old boat to the new boat? I have an international MMSI from the FCC, not one supplied by Boat US.
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Old 17-03-2016, 15:16   #2
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Re: MMSI - New Boat

A MMSI is associated to a boat, not an owner. Then, yes, you have to change the MMSI on your EPIRB if you take it on a new boat.

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Re: MMSI - New Boat

As far as I know, EPIRBs do not have MMSIs. In Australia you just transfer the EPIRB from one boat to another.
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Re: MMSI - New Boat

In the UK, the EPIRB is registered to the boat.
If you move the EPIRB to another boat, you need to amend the EPIRB registration.
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In the UK, the EPIRB is registered to the boat.
If you move the EPIRB to another boat, you need to amend the EPIRB registration.
In France, it's the same. When I bought my EPIRB, I had to provide the MMSI to the vendor, for encoding it in the EPIRB. And I send the details of the EPIRB to ANFR, the French administration in charge of radio devices, for inclusion in ITU database.

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Re: MMSI - New Boat

Steve,

International MMSI numbers belong to the boat, not the owner. You cannot transfer them to another boat. So, you need to get a new MMSI number for the new boat, and you need to cancel the old one or have the new owner use it to update the records.

Same thing for the FCC ship's station licence, if you have one. The radiotelephone operators permit, however, belongs to you and is valid for life.

None of this has anything to do with EPIRBs. EPIRBs have their own unique identifying number, registered with NOAA. You need to update the EPIRB registration with NOAA so it shows the new boat. Here's the website:
https://beaconregistration.noaa.gov/rgdb/

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