International regulations require all ship and vessel radio transmitting stations to have a license issued by the government of the country of registry.
International Registries, Inc.'s (IRI) Radio Department is responsible for issuing Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) ship and vessel radio station licenses based upon the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the statutes of the RMI.
TEMPORARY RADIO LICENSE (TA)
When a vessel is registered in the RMI Registry it is issued a TA valid for 90 days. During this period, the vessel’s representative must submit an application listing information necessary to determine if the vessel is properly equipped to be licensed.
The RMI Application for Ship Radio Station License is available online. Be sure to save and print this form and then have the appropriate person(s) sign it prior to mailing or faxing it to Radio Licensing in Reston, Virginia USA. Completed and signed Radio Station License applications may also be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RADIO ACCOUNTING AUTHORITY
RMI vessels are required to have a contract with a radio company that is responsible for the ship's communications accounts (Accounting Authority). Contact Radio in Reston, Virginia USA to obtain a listing of approved radio accounting authorities.
FULL-TERM RADIO LICENSE
Full-term licenses are issued for a period of four (4) years, for both conventionally-equipped and Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) equipped vessels.
A vessel may be issued dispensation in the form of an Exemption Certificate from a particular requirement of SOLAS. The ship’s representative must prove, to the satisfaction of the Administration, that the lack of a particular piece of equipment or dispensation from a particular watchstanding function will not endanger the vessel or other vessels with whom it will come in contact.
In response to requests from shipowners and operators we are providing the RMI and ITU listing of radio documents required by international agreement to be carried on board RMI flagged vessels in addition to the Ship Radio Station License, Certificates of Competency of the Radio Operator or Operators and Radio Log. These requirements apply to all RMI flagged vessels equipped with ship radio stations.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR SHIP RADIO STATIONS
The following is a listing of documents required by international agreement to be on board Marshall Islands flagged vessels in addition to the Ship Radio Station License, Certificates of Competency of the Radio Operator or Operators and Radio Log.
- ITU List of Coast Stations; and
- ITU Manual for use by The Maritime Mobile and Maritime Mobile-Satellite Service.
GMDSS Fitted Installations:
- ITU List of Call Signs and Numerical Identities of Stations used by the Maritime Mobile and Maritime Mobile-Satellite Services;
- ITU List of Coast Stations;
- ITU List of Ship Stations;
- ITU Manual for use by the Maritime Mobile and Maritime Mobile-Satellite Services.
These requirements apply to all RMI flag vessels equipped with ship radio stations.
While not a requirement, it is recommended that vessels, for which there has been a shore-based maintenance agreement made, have a copy of the agreement on board.
WHERE TO OBTAIN PUBLICATIONS
ITU publications may be purchased directly from:
The General Secretariat
International Telecommunication Union
Place des Nations
1211 Geneva 20
For a detailed listing of maritime fees, see the Fee Schedule or Marine Notice 1-005-1.
For further information on Ship Radio Licensing, please contact:
Mr. Naresh Santram
Vice President, Radio
International Registries, Inc.
11495 Commerce Park Drive
Reston, Virginia 20191-1506
United States of America
Tel: +1-703-620-4880 ext.1371