Special Report: Prevent VHF/AIS Malfunction
Power loss can plague poorly installed systems.
Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) ships—including tankers, passenger vessels and cargo ships over 300 gross tonnage—must be equipped with Automatic Identification Systems (AIS). In the U.S., carriage requirements also includes vessels over 65-feet. AIS can allow you to “see” a distant ship, but is not a substitute for radar.