Transferring a licence or VMS unit

When transferring a commercial fishing licence or vessel monitoring system (VMS) unit, the vessel can't go to sea until Fisheries Queensland has confirmed that the VMS unit is working properly.

You will need an authorised technician to complete the transfer. A list of authorised technicians can be provided by Fisheries Queensland upon request.

How to transfer a licence or VMS unit

To transfer a commercial fishing boat licence or VMS unit from one vessel to another, you must complete the following steps.

Step 1

Contact Fisheries Queensland and tell them you plan to transfer a licence or VMS unit.

Step 2

The previous owner of the VMS unit must complete a deactivation form (DOCX, 43KB) and submit it to Fisheries Queensland.

Note: if you don't have all the details to complete the form, you will need an authorised technician to get them from the VMS unit.

Step 3

The new owner must fill out the following forms and submit them to Inmarsat:

Make sure you allow enough time for the activation and deactivation forms to be processed.

Step 4

The new owner must also fill out the following forms and submit them to Fisheries Queensland:

Step 5

An authorised technician must log the unit out, install it, and log it back in with the new owner's details. The technician must also complete an Automatic location communicator (ALC) installation report (DOCX, 113KB) and submit it to Fisheries Queensland before the vessel can go to sea.

Step 6

Contact Fisheries Queensland to test the functionality of the unit. Be aware that this process may take some time.

The vessel can't go to sea until Fisheries Queensland has confirmed that the unit is polling correctly.

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