What is AIS?
AIS stands for Automatic Identification System. It is a maritime navigation safety communications system that provides vessel information, including the vessel's identity, type, position, course, speed, navigational status and other safety-related information automatically to appropriately equipped shore stations, other ships, and aircraft; receives automatically such information from similarly fitted ships; monitors and tracks ships; and exchanges data with shore-based facilities. Depending on how the navigation equipment is set up, information can be viewed on radars, chart plotters etc. Follow this Link to learn more.
Why should my vessel be fitted with AIS?
In Bermuda your AIS equipped vessel will always be visible to Bermuda Radio as well as other commercial marine traffic and suitably fitted private vessels within VHF radio range. Although primarily a navigational aid, AIS can prove vital in emergency situations when a vessel requires assistance.
What else do I need if installing an AIS unit on my vessel?
In order to work, all AIS transceiver units must be programmed with a valid MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity) number, which is a unique 9 digit number assigned to your vessel as part of its Class 5 Radio Licence issued by the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda.