My use for your converter is to produce simulated AIVDM messages I need to test BR24radar_pi development. For that I need fake AIS
targets following a route
. I produce a text file like your example but with fictive MMSI. A ship name isn't necessary for that but nice to have. Now, instead of having a name in the text file I added my mmsi and names to MMSINAME.CSV. Problem solved
If others would like to test your converter and also the VDR player of yours I think it would be helpful if you repeat how to use it and how to install a Python driver. You've done it before but I don't remember where.