Importance of the correct use and installation of Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) - (addition to earlier article)

Further to our article (in WN 37/04) on AIS issues, we have received correspondence from STATOIL on the article and wish to issue an addition to the final paragraph of our earlier article, which is repeated here in full.

Charterers are stressing the importance of the correct use and installation of Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) as part of the overall vessel safety system. This follows a recent incident in which the AIS was not checked and where the system was found to have been installed in such a manner as to exclude its use with other navigational equipment.

Recent incidents have shown that AIS are not being used as intended or have been installed without consideration being given in the bridge layout to other navigational and communication instruments. The following recommendations have been made by charterers:

AIS information about other ships needs to be checked on a regular basis, especially in close situations.

Ship managers and operators need to have instructions on how to use AIS in their quality assurance system.

The AIS screen should be in a position which is relevant for or seen by the radar operator.

AIS should be integrated with radars and/or ECDIS/electronic charts provided that the software allows for such.

Information was received with thanks from Statoil Ship Vetting; vetting@statoil.com

Contact: Howard Snaith