Originally Posted by Daniel
Is this true - once you've registered once and got an MMSI what makes you renew? Will it be reissued?
Yep, there is an 18 month cooling off period internationally (the UK allows 2 years) then the MMSI can be re-issued. Of course once the new system is in place it wont be such an issue as once a new style licence is issued it will remain valid indefinitely but changes to equipment and details of owner must be updated when they change.
Unfortunately, I can't say what progress has been made (except for the consultation has closed) as I no longer work for Ofcom.
I was one of the wave of redundancies in March
My original time-frame was 18 months to build, test and deliver a replacement system which will meet the international reporting rules and the MCA's needs. There is no reason to suspect that this will not still happen. Existing licencees will receive a notification at some point and existing licences will be issued without an expiry date when it's in place.