Retrieval of information: Provides the identification (i.e. MMSI, call sign, ship name), in order to contact individual ships at sea and/or assist maritime Search And Rescue (SAR) authorities in organizing their operations in the event that a ship is in a distress situation. Details of the radio equipment carried on board, IMO number, EPIRB id codes, notifying administration (flag state), contact information of the Accounting Authorities, etc. are also available.
Notification: Administrations of the ITU Member States are invited to submit data (cf. provision No. 20.16 of the Radio Regulations), using the relevant notification forms.