IMO has adopted ‘Revised guidelines for the onboard operational use of shipborne Automatic Identification Systems (AIS)’ as per Resolution A.1106(29). These guidelines have been developed to promote the safe and effective use of the shipborne AIS, in particular to inform the mariner about it’s operational use, limits and potential uses. These guidelines should be taken into account when operating the shipborne AIS.
SOLAS regulation V/19.2.4 requires all ships of 300 gross tonnage and upwards engaged on international voyages, cargo ships of 500 gross tonnage and upwards not engaged on international voyages and passenger ships irrespective of size to be fitted with an Automatic Identification System (AIS).
Further, operators are advised to consult their Administration with regards to the carriage of shipborne AIS especially on vessels where SOLAS may not apply.
With the adoption of the revised guidelines IMO revoked the earlier resolution [A.917(22), as amended by resolution A. 956(23)] – ‘Guidance for the onboard operational use of shipborne Automatic Identification Systems (AIS)’.
Before using shipborne AIS, the user should fully understand the principle of thecurrent Guidelines and become familiar with the operation of the equipment, including the correct interpretation of the displayed data. A
- Not all ships carry AIS.
- The officer of the watch (OOW) should always be aware that other ships, in particular leisure craft, fishing boats and warships, and some coastal shore stations including Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) centres, might not be fitted with AIS.
- The OOW should always be aware that AIS fitted on other ships as a mandatory carriage requirement might, under certain circumstances, be switched off on the master’s professional judgement.
Please click below to view Resolution A.1106(29)
Source: The Shipowners ‘ P&I Club