Friday, October 2, 2009

What Is An IMO Number?

Our friends at gCaptain recently wrote a great post explaining the meaning behind the IMO number. What is an IMO number? It's the number assigned to a ship when the keel is laid. It's the equivalent of a vehicle identification number, or VIN, and stays with the vessel until it is scrapped.

The messages Amver receives include the IMO number of the vessel. We collect this information so we can properly plot the vessels for search and rescue purposes and keep track of how often a vessel reports for awards purposes.

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