VHF Marine Radio

 

There are two qualifications commonly available to New Zealand recreational boaties wanting to operate their VHF marine radio and obtain a marine radio licence:

The Maritime VHF Operator Certificate is well known and offered by the Coastguard Boating Education Service. Our recommended course for qualification to operate a VHF Marine Radio is the Maritime Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s Certificate – there are some key differences between the two qualifications.

Maritime VHF Operator or Restricted Radiotelephone Operators Certificate?

At eNautical, we think the advantages of holding a MRROC Licence are significant and that this qualification carries many key benefits:

 Requirement

Maritime VHF Operator Certificate

Maritime Restricted Radiotelephone Operator’s Certificate

Covers Maritime MF, HF and VHF radiotelephony

No

Yes

Covers vessels equipped with VHF marine radio and travelling overseas

No

Yes

Covers use of marine radio aboard a vessel carrying single sideband (SSB) radiotelephone

No

Yes

Covers use on commercial vessels*

No

Yes

Covers use of marine radio outside of New Zealand waters

No

Yes

Qualification recognised worldwide

No

Yes

Recognised under ITU Radio Regulations 2008

No

Yes

* Requirements for radio operators on commercial vessels will vary depending on the radio equipment installed, number of passengers and requirements of current safety legislation.  Owners should approach their Safe Ship Management Company or Maritime New Zealand (phone: 0508 22 55 22) for further advice.

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