Other: Usage of equipment placed on the market as PLB is only allowed after conversion to an EPIRB-like device by entering an MMSI. In official language use, it is not denominated as “PLB”.
Such equipment is only authorized for maritime usage on board German vessels which are not under IMO carriage requirement or for usage as additional equipment on board vessels under IMO carriage requirement. Such equipment has to be programmed with an MMSI. Other codings (e.g. serial number) are not possible because Germany does not maintain an appropriate registration database.
Such equipment must be type-approved by COSPAS-SARSAT and in accordance with R&TTE regulations.