US Coast Guard AIS Rule Change Details
The final rule change was issued in January 2015. The rule change stipulates compliance is required by March 1, 2016. For further information on the rule, visit the www.federalregister.gov website.
Vessels must install a USCG Type Approved AIS Transponder by March 2016.
Applies to all self-propelled commercial vessels of 65 feet or more operating within all U.S. Navigable Waters. Certain towing, passenger and dredges are also included.
Individual 5 year extensions are permissible, but only for vessels:
- That solely operate within a very confined area (eg. shipyard, fleeting area, etc)
- On short & fixed schedules (eg. bank-to-bank river ferry)
- Otherwise not likely to encounter other AIS users
|Types of Vessel Requiring AIS||AIS Class Required|
|Commercial fishing vessels >= 65 feet||Class B|
|Commercial self-propelled vessels >= 65 feet certified to carry < 150 passengers||Class B *|
|Dredges operating outside shipping fairways||Class B|
|Towing vessels >= 26 feet and > 600 hp||Class A|
|Vessels moving certain dangerous cargo||Class A|
|Other commercial self-propelled vessels of >= 65 feet not described above||Class A|