Firstly you need to understand that this procedure will take some time because it involves bureaucracy and therefore, patience. If you intend to use an EPIRB for Refining, you may be able to start the procedure immediately.
1) The first step is to obtain a Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) code registered with Anatel. This number must be requested along with your VHF’s registration as “Ship Station” on the same form. But if you already have the Ship Station and did not request the MMSI, no problem. You can request complimentary. You must use the same form that you can only use to request it. If you do not want to do this now, you can: A – Go back to this article later; B – Save the PDF to your computer or; C- Simply search Google for the terms: “Anatel Marine Mobile Service Application Form for Boat Licensing.” You will find the direct link to the PDF file of the form.
2) Then search for the full instructions by the same terms above, adding “script” after Anatel. This script will explain step by step how to fill each field of the request. Add to your favorites, etc.
OBS. – Important information is that both the VHF radio and the EPIRB need to be homologated here in Brazil. In practice, this means that an EPIRB purchased out there can bring complications to register with ANATEL or if registered in NOAA give some problem in the time of being triggered and the rescue …
There is a list in ANATEL where you find these models and brands. Before buying, make sure that the device is approved. Infield # 10 (Keyword Template), type Epirb and click “Confirm” at the bottom of the page.
3) After completing the form (item 1), it must be sent by mail or delivered personally (on the Anatel website you find the address of your locality). Get advice: call your nearest regional office and ask any questions, because delivery and return after the MMSI number assignment is delayed. Insist on the phone and it is urgent. Sometimes it works …
4) With your MMSI in hand, the second step is done with the purchase of the device. The dealer sends the EPIRB to an activation lab (activation is done in a shielded location, so the signal does not propagate on activation). The service is already included in the price of the EPIRB since the laboratory is from the distributor itself. In general, only freight and insurance are charged.
5) The last step is to register with the aeronautics at the USA Center for Mission Control (BRMCC).
There is all the instruction and it will be time to fill in the infamous MMSI number.
The Villamar store has EPIRB quick delivery, with a 5% discount. And for those who already have MMSI, it provides activation that takes about ten days.