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INTRODUCTION TO THE VOLUNTARY CG66 - SAFETY IDENTIFICATION SCHEME
 
How confident are you that if you get into difficulty at sea, that HM Coastguard will have sufficient information to find you if you are not in a position to provide sufficient detail.
 
YOUR SAFETY FIRST
When you are at sea, if you get into difficulty and for what ever reason you are unable to raise assistance, is there anyone ashore who knows what to do if you fail to return at your estimated time?

Would a friend or relative know who to contact? Would they know sufficient detail about your vessel and your likely whereabouts to be able to assist the Coastguard to locate you?

In a man overboard, fire or abandoning situation where the skipper needs to attend to the situation in hand but also needs to advise the Coastguard, as long as you are able to pass the name of your vessels, your position, nature of the problem, assistance required and number of persons on board, then the Coastguard can obtain the remainder of the information needed from the CG66 - Voluntary Safety Identification Scheme.

Would it not be a comfort when you set out, to know that the Coastguard have as much detail of your vessel and its likely whereabouts on a database that is accessible to all Coastguard Co-ordination Centres throughout the UK should you get into difficulty at sea?

SO WHAT CAN I DO?
Quite simply, join the HM Coastguard's CG66 Voluntary Safety Identification Scheme. You can join online, or download the form and send it to your nearest Coastguard Co-ordination Centre. Forms can also be obtained from any Coastguard Co-ordination Centre or Sector Base; MCA Marine Office; RNLI boathouse, or look out for them in your Local Marina or Sailing Club.

The scheme is free and is for the benefit of the owners of all types of leisure vessels and small craft. Complete the questionnaire that will provide as much detail of your vessel including: name; type of vessel; size and colour; radio and navigation equipment carried; lifesaving equipment carried; your usual area of operation and mooring; and details of a shore contact. In short, as much detail as possible to assist the Coastguard should Search and Rescue action ever become necessary.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE INFORMATION I SUPPLY YOU WITH?
The information you provide will be entered into a database.

Information provided on the CG66 will only be used for Search and Rescue and Safety purposes.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FOR MY VESSEL?
When you complete the form and save the information, this will be loaded into the CG66 database. You will be sent confirmation that the record has been saved and a link will take you to a web page containing further useful information. Significantly, you will find a page containing details for you to leave with a responsible person. You should download this page and fill in the details of the Coastguard Co-ordination Centre that you Emailed your CG66 to. Leave this with a responsible person who would contact the Coastguard if they had any concerns for your safety. Details of how to contact the Coastguard are provided on this page.

Your record will be kept for a period of 2 years after which time the information must be updated. If the details are not updated then they will be removed from the active system. You will be contacted before the 2 year deadline and be asked to verify your details. Updating your details can be done online at any time or via hard copy form. If you dispose of your vessel, please advise your local Coastguard station.

It is stressed that it is most important to update your CG66 if the details of your vessel or your contact details change. The 2 year cycle will then begin from the date you register that change.

Rest assured that if you are unfortunate enough to need emergency assistance at sea, someone you know shoreside will know what to do and who to contact. HM Coastguard will have at its disposal a full description of your vessel to assist with any action that may be necessary to locate you.


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