So I wasn't (intending) to be moaning about the MCA. I'm sure they are doing a good job but a number of things concern me:
- My information was (slightly) wrong. Its taken 7 months for me to be aware of that. So if I pressed the Red Button yesterday they couldn't have phoned me but could have phoned my shore contact.
- If neither of my shore contacts answered they appear to be looking for a sailing vessel but I could be on a RIB. Perhaps in my territories not that big an issue but for the Solent boys could take a bit of working out which boat has an issue although you'd expect they just pick up their mobile or wave!
- What happens if in July after I sent in the registration (electronically), but before its on the database, I press the Red Button? I assume they will send an asset to investigate. But again they don't know who or what to look for.
And then daftest things are:
- I provided the data electronically but they appear to have manually re-entered it (feels inefficient) - not the staff on the ground's fault
- It took 2 months to enter it - fair enough they are busy - but why then a further 5 months to send the document out. Why couldn't that be sent to the email on the form instantly it was registered? The only reason I can see is the sticky label which I'm not sure I see the value in.
The sticky label - I wasn't criticising that it wasn't waterproof - just its the only bit I can see that would be impossible to send electronically. But I'm not sure I understand the purpose of it. It says:
UK 406MHz Beacon Registry
24Hr Tel: +44 (0)1326 317575
Hex ID: ###
GPS: ### SN: ###
Proof of Registration: 05/09/2015
I'm told to attach one to the device and one in my book of boat paperwork. But I'm not 100% sure what it achieves. If I give the device to someone else, they should give the HEX no on the device to the MCA. The only thing I can see is the phone number so you could call with a query etc.