In the last quarter of 2021, ANACOM carried out a series of inspections in conjunction with the Maritime Police in an area between the ports of Caminha and Peniche. The actions in question sought to verify the status, operation and correct use of radiocommunications equipment installed on board vessels. In cases where equipment was not operating correctly or under the right conditions, or where it was not using the correct spectrum bands, there may be interference with other services and with the correct operation of emergency communications.
The enforcement actions were carried out in the ports of Póvoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde; Viana do Castelo; Caminha; Aveiro; Leixões; on the Douro River - Cais da Alfândega (Porto) and Cais da Lixa (Gondomar); and in Peniche.
In total, 20 vessels were checked, including coastal and long-range fishing vessels, hotel ships and pleasure craft.
In these joint actions with the Maritime Police, the most frequently detected violations or anomalies were those related to the use of unauthorized frequencies or frequencies not assigned to the maritime mobile service. In some cases, inspectors detected non-certified equipment or equipment not suitable for use on vessels, as well as unauthorized radiocommunication encryption devices.
In these actions, ANACOM carries out equipment inspections, and the Maritime Police follows up with the necessary measures.