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Maritime ship licence

A maritime ship licence lets you operate 1 or more stations on a ship that use maritime frequencies.

What a maritime ship licence is for

A maritime ship licence lets you operate 1 or more stations on a ship that communicate with:

  • other radiocommunications equipment on or off the ship
  • another ship
  • a maritime coast station
  • a mobile earth station

To license a coast station and its ship stations instead, consider a limited coast assigned licence.

There are 4 options for maritime ship licences.

You must be qualified to operate a maritime ship station.

The Radiocommunications (Interpretation) Determination 2015 defines the various options for maritime ship licences.

Frequencies for maritime ship stations

Under this licence, you must operate on these frequencies:

  • maritime
  • maritime mobile-satellite
  • radiodetermination

If you wish to use the following standard frequencies, you can operate under a maritime ship class licence

  • 27 MHz marine band
  • VHF marine band

You may only use the following Automatic Identification System (AIS) frequencies for AIS purposes:

  • 161.975 MHz
  • 162.025 MHz

This includes ship identification and heading information.

Frequencies 12290 and 16420 kHz are only for distress, urgency and safety.

Frequencies 12359 and 16537 kHz can be used for calling, if the peak power envelope does not exceed 1 kW.

Licence conditions

When you have a maritime ship licence, you must follow the conditions of your licence.

These include:

These conditions help you communicate safely and without interference.

We will include information you should be aware of under the heading 'advisory notes'.

Call signs

Call signs are a unique series of letters and numbers. They make it easy to identify a station.

We will give you a call sign or explain how to create one when we give you a licence.

You should use your call sign:

  • every time you start to transmit
  • before you transmit in a series
  • when you test

Call sign template for maritime ship stations class B

aaamnnn

Ship stations class B call sign template (example of a typical call sign: VHQ2739)

aaa

first 2 alpha characters are: VJ, VK, VL, VM, VN, VZ or AX. The third character is any alpha

m

numeric character 2 to 9

n

numeric character 0 to 9

Call sign template for maritime ship stations class C

aaaa

Ship stations class C call sign template (example of a typical call sign: VJCK)

aaaa

first 2 alpha characters are: VJ, VK, VL, VM, VN or VZ. The third and fourth are any alpha

Other call signs for maritime ship stations

If you use digital selective calling on your ship, you'll need a maritime mobile service identity. You can apply to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

If you send public messages through an overseas coast station, you must have an accounting authority identification code (AAIC). You need this code because the overseas coast station will charge you a fee.

You can email us to get an AAIC.

Fees

We charge fees for apparatus licences.

In some circumstances, you can apply for a licence fee exemption or concession.

Apply for a maritime ship licence

To apply for a maritime ship assigned licence, you should contact an accredited person.

They can:

  • assign you a frequency
  • give you a frequency assignment certificate
  • apply for your licence for you

To apply for a maritime ship non-assigned licence, you should:

Transfer a maritime ship licence

You can apply to:

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