For communication on the water, ships use marine and inland waterway radio. Before you put your radio equipment into operation on board your ship, a valid number assignment (Ship Station License) is required.
You must apply for this from the Federal Network Agency.
To be able to use radio communication, the Federal Network Agency assigns you a call sign. A number assignment is also required if you want to operate a marine distress radio transmitter, for example an emergency radio beacon (EPIRB). The numbers are assigned to you in the form of a Ship Station License.
For new applications, all required information must be provided in the application and the necessary supporting documents must be attached to the application.
For changes of:
- Name of the allottee
- Name of the vessel
- Type of vessel
- Type and number of radio equipment
- Discontinuation of the accounting identification code (AAIC)
you are required to apply for an amendment to the Ship Station License.
Changes, such as the dimensions of the ship or the details of the 24-hour emergency contact are subject to notification. This data is passed on to the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS) and is very important in the event of an emergency at sea.
If the numbers are no longer required, a declaration of surrender must be made by all assignment holders listed in the certificate (important in the case of a community of owners).
In case of sale of a vessel, the numbers can be transferred to the buyer as legal successor in order to avoid the discontinuation of the radio equipment with new numbers. For this purpose, an application must be made to the Federal Network Agency for an adjustment of the previously valid number assignment.