The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is giving emergency beacon owners more choice, with an improved online beacon registration system implemented from September 15, 2015. The registration system on the AMSA website is mobile-optimised, handy for renewing beacon registration from a mobile or tablet. Providing proof of registration is easier, with beacon owners able to show emergency beacon registration confirmation on their mobile phone or tablet via SMS or email.
Vessel and aircraft owners can save their SMS or email on their mobile as proof of registration to comply with the law that began on September 15, 2015. AMSA representative Christine Macmillian acknowledged that this development is a result of feedback from emergency beacon owners about registration stickers. “After reviewing feedback about the existing beacon registration sticker system, we quickly found that a more mobile friendly method of proving beacon registration was needed,” said Ms Macmillian.
“The new system gives beacon owners more options to save their registration information on their mobile phone through an SMS or email. “Registering your beacon could mean the difference between life and death in a distress situation. It can give search and rescue authorities important information to provide a quicker response.” said Ms Macmillian.
Existing beacon registration stickers will continue to be recognised until they expire or need replacing, then proof of registration will be issued through the new methods. Beacon registration renewal will continue to be free and take place every two years.
Please register your emergency beacon with AMSA at www.amsa.gov.au/beacons or by phoning 1800 406 406.