Apparently, I misinterpreted the new AIS rules recommendations recently issued by the US Coast Guard in my post yesterday. The US Coast Guard’s AIS Regulatory Project Officer, Jorge Arroyo, who I met at the eNav conference last month, wishes to set me straight.
For my part, I don’t mind one bit! In fact, I appreciate the feedback.
That recommendations document isn’t the easiest thing to comprehend, so it’s entirely possible that I misunderstood what I read. And if I got it wrong, it’s likely other people will misinterpret it, as well, so this is an opportunity to enhance the quality of the public discussion.
Here are Mr. Arroyo’s comments:
I would like to commend Mad Mariner LLC and Tim Flanagan, in particular, for your recent post—http://madmariner.com/blogs/navagear/21595—informing your readership of our proposed AIS rulemaking.
I would also like to highlight that some of the information therein is inaccurate, and exhort you to correct the matter at your soonest opportunity. Our proposal rule does not mandate AIS on domestic recreational vessels, regardless of the passengers on board—please view §164.46(b) [emphasis added] which states:
(b) AIS carriage. The following vessels must have…(AIS):
(1) * * *
(2) * * *
(3) A self-propelled vessel carrying 50 or more passengers, engaged in commercial service;
(4) A vessel carrying more than 12 passengers for hire and capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots;
Once again thanks for spreading the word, hope to see your comments on it soon.
AIS Regulatory Project Officer
Office of Navigation Systems
U.S. Coast Guard
2100 2nd Street SW
Washington, DC 20593