1. Noting that the EPIRB’s coded using Maritime User Protocol with an MMSI of (9) for daughter crafts (Lifeboats and Rescue boats) of a mother ship are being processed by (Cospas-Sarsat) system as invalid and discarded or delayed, the UAE Flag Administration has issued circular No. 08 of 2022 requiring all UAE flag ships and foreign flag ships operating in UAE waters to comply with the following:
a. Adhere to the attached circular No. CS22/072/F420, F510, F540, dated 04 August 2022 issued by the International Satellite System for Search and Rescue (CospasSarsat) program.
b. All daughter crafts with MMSI starting with (98) or EPIRB’s with AIS beacon starting with the number (97) must be re-programmed to ensure that all MMSI match with the number issued in the radio license.
c. All parties to comply with the updates that will be issued by the international organizations in this regard.
2. Ship Owner/ managers to take note of above and accordingly contact the EPIRB manufacturer/ Service Providers to ensure compliance with the requirements.
This Technical Circular and the material contained in it is provided only for the purpose of supplying current information to the reader and not as an advice to be relied upon by any person. While we have taken utmost care to be as factual as possible, readers/ users are advised to verify the exact text and content of the Regulation from the original source/ issuing Authority.