Choosing the right AIS for your Commercial Vessel:

The system is mandatory on ships of over 300 tonnes, all passenger vessels, and in all EU fishing vessels of more than 16 metres length, with a few notable exceptions such as military and border patrol vessels. Initially ships were often fitted with only a basic text display for AIS data, although most now have an AIS overlay on radar and plotter screens. There’s no requirement for pleasure craft to fit the system (unless competing in ISAF Category 2 offshore races, such as the Rolex Fastnet Race), however vessels may benefit from fitting a receive only system, or a combined transmitter/receiver.


We need to see and be seen by other vessels = Transceiver

I have a chart plotter:

Product options:

I do not have a chart plotter:

Product options:

We just need to be seen by other vessels = Identifier / Transponder

A fantastic and cost effective safety option for small craft to be identifiable to all vessels fitted with AIS. 

What about in an Emergency?

AIS SART used to locate a distressed vessel at sea...

Useful downloads:

MSN 1837 (M) Amendment 1: categorisation of waters
Adobe Acrobat Document 554.5 KB
MGN 280 (M) Small vessels in commercial use for sport or pleasure, workboats and pilot boats
Adobe Acrobat Document 920.7 KB