How do I find a vessel?

Notable Vessel Tracking Websites

  1. Marine-Traffic. Marine-Traffic, one of the most famous and widely used online ship tracking systems, offers ships’ real-time data and advanced search features.
  2. FleetMon.
  3. Shipfinder.
  4. VesselFinder.
  5. Vesseltracker.
  6. VT Explorer.
  7. myshiptracking.
  8. Cruisemapper.

How many digits is an MMSI number?

Each GMDSS ship station is allocated its own unique nine digit MMSI number which is included automatically in each DSC call made by the station.

Do I have to have a MMSI number?

The MMSI # is required for ALL AIS transponders to transmit your identity over the air. If you are a US documented or registered vessel and are required to have MMSI # then you are also required to have an FCC Ship Station License & Restricted Radio Operators Permit.

Where can I find vessels MMSI?

The only way to find an MMSI number (and other information) of a vessel near you at sea is by using AIS. AIS or Automatic Identification System is a radio beacon that constantly transmits information about a vessel and is compulsory on large ships and ferries.

How do I set up a MMSI number?

Option 2 to Acquire MMSI Number

  1. Log in with your FCC Registration Number (FRN) and password.
  2. Click the link “Apply for a New License” on the lefthand side of the page.
  3. Choose “SA or SB – Ship” from the radio service drop down list.
  4. Assigned Call Sign page:
  5. Compulsory Questions page:
  6. Ship License Type page:

What is an MMSI number?

Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) is a unique 9 digit number that is assigned to an individual vessel. It is entered into DSC (Digital Selective Calling) radios and AIS (Automatic Identification System) units used on that vessel. Similar to a cell phone number, your MMSI number is your unique calling number for DSC radios or an AIS unit.

Do I need an MMSI number for international cruising?

No. You are required to obtain a Ship’s Station License from the FCC and they will provide an MMSI number that is valid for international cruising. To obtain a Ship’s Station License from the FCC, please visit the Ship Radio Stations page or call 877-480-3201.

What is the purpose of the MMSI registration?

BoatUS is responsible for relaying the MMSI registration information to the U.S. Coast Guard for search and rescue purposes. MMSI numbers are free for BoatUS Members or $25 for non-Members.

How do you test a Coast Guard MMSI number?

Instead, you may run a test call to the nationwide Coast Guard MMSI number, 003669999. Enter this number into your radio’s calling memory and select the “Test Call” option from the radio’s list of individual DSC calls, then press the “call” or “enter” key.