Maritime Law Center

Our firm works with individuals, corporations, shipping companies and universities in selling and acquiring, transferring and evaluating vessels in all parts of the world.

    Mike Vaughn
    Vaughn Law Offices
    17011 Beach Blvd., Suite 900
    Huntington Beach, CA 92647
    Phone:  562-592-9350


A.I.S. - Automated Identification System Requirements

As of July 1, 2003 vessels over 300 gt or measure 66 ft (20m) overall, need to be equipped with an Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponder that meets IMO requirements. The AIS requirement came fully into effect on January 1, 2005, and portable AIS units may be rented from the Canal Authority. Owners and operators are reminded of the requirement for the installation of a Pilot Plug and power source for AIS use by the Canal Pilot.

AIS is a transponder system that reports the vessel’s identification, course and direction to port and security authorities.