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In 2000, the International Maritime Organization adopted a new requirement for all ships to carry automatic identification systems (AISs) capable of providing information about the ship to other ships and to coastal authorities automatically. AIS is an automatic tracking system that uses transponders on ships. This marine traffic monitoring system, similar to air traffic control for aircrafts, is used for :
– Collision avoidance
– Fishing fleet monitoring and control
– Maritime security and accident investigation
-Aids to navigation/search and rescue.
The regulation requires AIS to be fitted aboard :
-all ships of 300 gross tonnage and upwards engaged on international voyages,
-cargo ships of 500 gross tonnage and upwards not engaged on international voyages
-all passenger ships irrespective of size.
With AIS you can instantly monitor vessel traffic on all oceans, seas and rivers, and track cruise ships.
On June 28th, 204 793 vessels were tracked within the last 24 hours.