The USCG NAVCEN website now features a new user-friendly experience for visitors looking to learn about MMSI requirements, registration or transfer.
According to USCG NAVCEN:
Maritime Mobile Service Identities (MMSIs) are nine-digit numbers used by maritime digital selective calling (DSC), automatic identification systems (AIS), and certain other equipment to uniquely identify a ship or a coast radio station. Registered MMSIs are used by Coast Guard search and rescue watchstanders to identity vessels or persons in distress and to save lives.
The updated webpages feature easy navigation with a table of contents, as well as an “MMSI Decision Matrix” to help boaters determine their next step by selecting what applies to them:
- I am a:
- I want to:
- What’s Next
- Useful links
And, there is also new information on:
- MMSIs for VHF Handhelds
- MMSIs for Search and Rescue Transmitters, EPIRBs, PLBs, MSLDs and AMRDs
- What to do when Selling or Disposing of your Radio or Radio-equipped Vessel
Shine Micro is one of three civilian entities authorized to issue MMSI numbers for vessels. We are the only one authorized to issue MMSIs for handheld radios. Shine Micro is a proud member of the working group contributing to the USCG NAVCEN website. Because we provide real customer feedback to the USCG and FCC, Shine Micro supports the US boating community as the use of MMSI adapts and grows.
Remember: accurate use of MMSIs may save your life. Search and rescue authorities, including the Coast Guard, use the MMSI to learn about a vessel in distress and to determine whether the alert is legitimate. So, an accurate MMSI database protects lives (and property) by reducing the time needed to locate vessels of interest.
Learn more on the new and improved USCG NAVCEN website today!
Shine Micro is the pioneer of high-sensitivity AIS receivers for long-range, real-time, persistent monitoring and vessel tracking. From the USCG Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) to the invention and patent of Class B AIS transmission protocol (CSTDMA), Shine Micro specializes in innovation and optimization of AIS, and participates in the working group responsible for the website updates of USCG NAVCEN featuring a user-friendly experience for MMSI.