Radio Licensing

A Ship Radio License is required for all vessels registered in the Cayman Islands that are fitted with a radio transceiver. A call sign will be issued in the vessel registration process. The radio license is issued by the Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) in the Cayman Islands once the yacht registration is completed. It must be kept on the vessel at all times. Penalties for non-compliance with this requirement are severe.

Cayman Management will handle this requirement on registration of the vessel and annually when renewal falls due.

The Annual License fee is dependent on gross tonnage. For further details on licensing requirements see ICTA(


An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) facilitates search and rescue operations. The Cayman Islands does not maintain an EPIRB register, but has an agreement to utilise the UK database maintained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) ( or the United States database maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)( Both these agencies require Cayman flagged vessels to program their EPIRBs with the serialised protocol appropriate to their respective countries. Registration with either of these agencies is strongly recommended.

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