Automatic Information System
to be New Requirement for Watercraft
September 12, 2003
Friday - 1:00 am
According to Representative Paul Seaton of the Alaska State Legislature,
many fisherman and vessel owners may not be aware that the United
States Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security have
issued an interim rule requiring certain vessel owners to purchase
and install Automatic Information Systems (AIS) on their boats,
at their own expense. If you are a commercial vessel owner and
your boat meets any of the following descriptions, you will be
required to install an AIS:
- Vessels longer than 65 feet.
- Towing vessels longer than
26 feet with more than 600 horsepower.
- Vessels weighing more than
100 gross tons and carrying one or more passengers.
- Vessels licensed to carry
more than 50 passengers.
- Vessels subject to the International
Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), such as tankers
or passenger vessels carrying more than 12 people in International
AIS devices cost approximately
$7,000 and do require maintenance, training and eventual replacement.
Estimated first year cost is $9,330 with annual maintenance estimated
at $250. The device will need to be replaced approximately every
8 years. If this interim rule affects you, please submit your
comments before the rule is finalized. Under this rule, these
devices must now be installed as early as July 1, 2004 for vessels
operating in Prince William Sound.
Seaton said the public comment
period ends September 29, 2003. Comments can be submitted online
by referencing docket number 2003-14878.
For more information, or where
to mail or fax your comments, or to view the full text of the
interim rule. visit Seaton's website at www.RepPaulSeaton.com
and click on the link to "District Info & Newsletters".
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