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Old 31-08-2016, 20:11   #1
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Reassignment Of MMSI To New Owner

For all I know, this may be common knowledge, but it case it isn't I thought I'd pass this along. This is for U.S. sailors/boaters.

I recently purchase a boat with various radio equipment (VHF, HF, AIS) that had the previous owner's MMSI programmed. It was going to be a pain to have the equipment reprogrammed especially since the boat is currently not of the U.S. I was looking at having to ship the AIS to a certified dealer, pay for an hour of bench time, get it back in country, etc.

What I ended up doing was asking the previous owner to cancel his station license. I then immediately applied for a new station license indicating on the FCC form 605b the previous owner's MMSI and viola! New station license in my name with the previous owner's MMSI. No reprogramming necessary!
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Old 31-08-2016, 20:27   #2
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Re: Reassignment Of MMSI To New Owner

Neat trick!
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Old 31-08-2016, 20:49   #3
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 31-08-2016, 20:52   #4
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Re: Reassignment Of MMSI To New Owner

Is the station license for the person or specific to the boat? The PO of my boat has another boat and probably wants his MMSI if it is registered to the person
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Is the station license for the person or specific to the boat?
The boat. Get a new boat, you need a new station license.

(YMMV if you are not in the United States.)
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Re: Reassignment Of MMSI To New Owner

Great timely info! This is one of those things we haven't done yet with our boat. Im glad it will be easier than expected.
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Re: Reassignment Of MMSI To New Owner

When I sold my boat, went through BoatUS, and gave permission for the new owner to acquire the number. Took about two hours for the computers to catch up. Simple and easy.
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Re: Reassignment Of MMSI To New Owner

Good to know that can be done. This is probably not pertinent info to most, so I am sharing this for informational purposes.

I live abroad and work in the boat and yacht repair/building industry. The yacht I am currently working on recently changed registry from SVG to Malta which required a new MMSI. However, the previous MMSI had already been entered into our Raymarine Ray250 VHF radio and AIS650 Class B AIS Transceiver.

Raymarine states that once the MMSI is entered into the equipment it cannot be changed without sending it back to Raymarine....this is not true. It can be done but is not legal to do in North America (i.e. Don't try this at home). Was able to download free software and procedures and easily change the MMSI's on in about 5 minutes on the AIS, and took about an hour on the VHF. Both pieces of gear were tested with satifactory results.

Just putting it out there for everyone to know.....
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Re: Reassignment Of MMSI To New Owner

Need to do the same since getting a new station license. Now have Raymarine AIS650, STD Horizon VHF and icon 802M SSB with a BoatUS number that will not be valid for intl travel. Where can this software be located?
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Good to know that can be done. This is probably not pertinent info to most, so I am sharing this for informational purposes.

I live abroad and work in the boat and yacht repair/building industry. The yacht I am currently working on recently changed registry from SVG to Malta which required a new MMSI. However, the previous MMSI had already been entered into our Raymarine Ray250 VHF radio and AIS650 Class B AIS Transceiver.

Raymarine states that once the MMSI is entered into the equipment it cannot be changed without sending it back to Raymarine....this is not true. It can be done but is not legal to do in North America (i.e. Don't try this at home). Was able to download free software and procedures and easily change the MMSI's on in about 5 minutes on the AIS, and took about an hour on the VHF. Both pieces of gear were tested with satifactory results.

Just putting it out there for everyone to know.....
You might want to add the info to this thread
DIY MMSI (re)programming
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Re: Reassignment Of MMSI To New Owner

this thread is another reason I love the people on CF
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Re: Reassignment Of MMSI To New Owner

In Canada, the MMSI stays with the station/vessel. You fill out the same application form, checking off "modification to existing " instead of "new application " and send it to Industry Canada. Give the same number and vessel data, provide new owner info.

My last application was answered in about 2 hours. Pretty good service for free!


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Re: Reassignment Of MMSI To New Owner

I actually went thru that last week when I bought a new epirb and PLB's. The mmsi belongs to the boat. Yes if you change owners, it needs to be transferred.
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Re: Reassignment Of MMSI To New Owner

In Australia you can change the ownership of an MMSI (and EPIRB for that matter) via the beacons part of the AMSA website. You do not even the permission of the old owner it seems.

Here you can move an MMSI from one boat to another in certain circumstances. In my case I moved it from my old power boat to the new one. The old boat was being scrapped, so it had no need for a number in the future. This change had to be done over the phone, but was quite painless.
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