News from HM Coastguard about a major change to the voluntary safety identification scheme (currently CG66). This is relevant to ALL boat owners, and a significant upgrade on the original scheme to aid marine rescue services.
In partnership with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), HM Coastguard will be introducing the world-leading RYA SafeTrx as our new official safety identification scheme.
RYA SafeTrx builds on the advantages of the CG66 scheme to assist HM Coastguard with Search and Rescue in UK territorial waters and it provides enhanced functionality if used together with the optional mobile app. RYA SafeTrx is free, and you do not need to be a member of the RYA to register. You can get more information about RYA SafeTrx here: https://www.rya.org.uk/knowledge-advice/safe-boating/keep-in-touch/Pages/safetrx.aspx
If you choose to register,
there are two ways to do this:
You can enter your details via the RYA SafeTrx App, which can be
downloaded from the Apple app store or Google Play. If you do not wish to use the mobile app, there is an option to register your details online at https://safetrx.rya.org.uk/login.html.
With RYA SafeTrx becoming
our new official safety identification scheme, we will stop
taking new registrations to CG66 on 11 July.
Existing data: The information currently held on our CG66 database will be retained and used by our Search and Rescue (SAR) teams alongside the SafeTrx data for the next two years. If your information is no longer valid the best course of action is to register on SafeTrx as this will supersede information held on CG66. CG66 data will continue to be held securely and not shared with any third parties or used for any other purpose other than for the MCA to carry out its SAR function. The Coastguard will be able to access the RYA SafeTrx database and check boat records in exactly the same way as we do now with CG66. There is no requirement for existing users to remove or update their data in CG66. However if you do wish to remove your information from our existing CG66 database, please contact us at: CG66.Enquiries@mcga.gov.uk.
Please do take the time to have a look at RYA SafeTrx and sign up to the app. It will only take a couple of minutes and could be invaluable to you in an emergency at sea. To find out more about how the MCA look after personal data, your rights and how to contacts our data protection officer please go to: www.gov.uk/mca