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, Members 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)’.