Ship AIS ID Spoofed?

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    Marine Traffic

    Dear Mikel,.

    Thank you for contacting us.

    Would you please be kind enough to let me know what is the MMSI number of your vessel, in order for me to look into this properly?

    Thank you in advance for your response.
    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

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    Johannes van Elsen

    I have the same problem. mmsi = 244660241
    yacht is currently in La Coruna, Spain, but is showing up on land in the Netherlands(??)

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    Mikel Kline

    Ultimately, I traced the problem to the US FCC that reissued the MMSI to my vessel from an expired license (4 years out of date) where the previous vessel was still using the expired MMSI on their unchanged equipment.  This expired use of the FCC issued MMSI is illegal per FCC regulations.  Fortunately, both vessels were US flagged and the FCC was willing to contact the previous license holder and force them to change the programming in their equipment.

    According to the US Coast Guard, this is potentially a safety of life issue, because the MMSI confustion can direct emergency response to the wrong vessel location or impede search and rescue operations.  Had both vessels not been US flagged, the FCC would not have intervened, and I would have had to obtain a different MMSI number and go through the expense of having my equipment reprogrammed rather than the offending vessel.

    Good luck with your mess.  It took months of diligent complaints to finally resolve the matter.  I certainly have less confidence in emergency response based on my own MMSI number experiences.

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    Thalia Tsarli

    Hello Johannes,

    Thank you for reporting this. I have escalated this case to our technical department for further investigation. 

    I will inform you as soon as there are any updates on the above.

    Dear Mikel,

    Glad to know that you have finally resolved the inconvenience related to the duplicate MMSIs.

    I remain at your disposal for any needs you may have.

    Best regards,

     

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    Thalia Tsarli

    Hello Johannes,

    I am glad to inform you that the wrong position of  MMSI:  244660241 has been removed:

    You can take a look at the Latest Positions of HOLD FAST here.

    I will be happy to assist on any further needs you may have in the future.

    Best regards,

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