Automatic Identification System (AIS) for fishing vessels

Fishing vessels are required to fit and maintain in operation an automatic identification system (AIS)



Vessel size Effective date
Fishing vessels of 15 metres and over (but less than 18 metres) 31 May 2014
Fishing vessels of 18 metres and over (but less than 24 metres) 31 May 2013
Fishing vessels of 24 metres and over 31 May 2012

The AIS system must meet the performance standards drawn up by the International Maritime Organization in accordance with the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1974 (Chapter V, Regulation 19, section 2.4.5) (see above).

For further technical guidance please contact your local Maritime and Coastguard Agency Office.

Relevant Legislation

Article 10 of Council regulation (EC) 1224/2009 (the Control Regulation)

Annex II Part 1 point 3 of Directive 2002/59/EC

The Merchant Shipping (Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Reporting Requirements) Regulations 2004 (as amended)