Maritime radio frequencies
The maritime VHF radio telephone is a boater's most important communications device on the water. The importance of the device is emphasised in situations related to safety, in particular, as a maritime radio telephone enables direct radio contact between the boat and the maritime rescue centre or between boats even when there is no signal in the mobile telephone network. Possession of a maritime VHF telephone or radar requires a radio licence.
Currently, there are approximately 13,300 valid radio licences for boats and other vessels. The majority of radio licences for vessels are granted to leisure boaters. The number of licences granted during the past few years has grown, and in 2014, almost 2,900 permits were granted, which represents 24 per cent growth year-on-year. Save the graph data as a CSV file
Figure: Annually granted maritime radio licences 2012–2014
The user of a maritime radio telephone also has to have a personal maritime radio traffic certificate. Leisure boaters need a Short Range Certificate (SRC) or a Long Range Certificate (LRC). Professional seafarers working on commercial vessels and passenger ships, in turn, need a considerably more extensive radio station operator's certificate, i.e. a General Operator's Certifcate (GOC) or a Restricted Operator's Certificate (ROC).
|SRC (Short Range Certificate)||17,775|
|LRC (Long Range Certificate)||418|
|GOC (General Operator's Certificate)||5,236|
|ROC (Restricted Operator's Certificate)||1,904|
Figure: Valid maritime radio communication certificates
This article is a part of FICORA's Communications Sector Review 2/2015.