We offer FCC/GMDSS Marine Radio Safety inspections, Vessel Safety Inspection, vessel Bridge to Bridge Radiotelephone inspection, verification of equipment requirements for the USCG Certificate of Inspection radio carriage requirements for compulsory equipped vessels. In addition, we can pinpoint defects in your VHF/SSB marine communications equipment and recommend the best way to resolve them. We also perform voluntary inspections for private vessels. Waterline Radio Communications services coastal Washington and Oregon.
Vessels needing inspection
Inspections are not required if the vessel is a voluntary ship operating domestically , meaning that it does not travel to foreign ports or does not transmit radio communications to foreign radio stations. However, the following vessels DO require inspections:
1. Cargo vessels over 300 gross tons navigating in the open sea
2. Vessels certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry more than 6 passengers for hire in the open sea or tidewaters of the U.S.
3. Vessels of more than 100 gross tons certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry at least one passenger on navigable waterways
4. Towing vessels of more than 7.8 meters in length on navigable waterways
5. Uninspected commercial fishing industry vessels required to carry a VHF radio
6. Power driven vessels over 20 meters in length on navigable waterways
Responsibility of the Customer
Please click HERE to understand your responsibilities before requesting a marine radio inspection from Waterline Radio Communications.
Payment is expected upon arrival, whether or not the vessel passes inspection
In the event of a failed inspection and a return visit is necessary, special rates can apply
Secure, corrosion free antenna and power connections, as well as fully charged batteries, are critical for a successful inspection.
In Addition- Small Passenger Vessels must have during the inspection :
1) A Licensed radio operator on site in possession of one of the following (a, b, c or d);
a) GMDSS Radio Operator License
b) General Radiotelephone Operator License
c) Marine Radio Operator Permit
d) 1st or 2nd class Radiotelegraph Operator License
2) A valid, nonexpired marine radio station license for the vessel and its associated radio equipment being inspected that is issued to the current owner
3) A radio station logbook to be signed off by the vessel captain and radio inspector