Originally Posted by Iron Dials
As I understand it
Having gone through the process in the last 6 months.
MMSI is digital identity of boat
Boat has to be licencesed in order to gain MMSI (ship's radio licence here!)
Boat licence is based on boat owner having VHF licence (short range certificate etc).
This may be different for commercial vessels.
When the boat changes ownership, the validity of the boat's licence is no longer valid, as it's based on the previous owners qualification.
Therefore, new owner, with their own vhf licence, applies for licence for new their boat, if they list DSC radio, MMSI is issued (or new owner's MMSI is re-assigned to their new boat. Opening another can of worms for their old boat's new owners).
I think "the system" is happy to ignore the problems involved in reprogramming, although it is useful in the event of your radio being stolen.
Manufacturers generally reprogramme, sometimes for free, sometimes for set fee.
Unless something's changed, there's no pre-requisite for for the owner to hold a vhf ticket before an MMSI is issued. Boat licensing & personal licensing are 2 completely separate areas. An MMSI is issued to the boat irrespective of any owner qualifications.
That's the case in the UK anyway.
Don't panic! don't panic!