Coast Guard sets AIS meetings

Coast Guard sets AIS meetings

The Coast Guard is convening three meetings around the country in November and December to seek comment on a proposed expansion of the Automatic Identification System (AIS).

Currently, Coast Guard regulations require AIS be installed on commercial vessels that are on international voyages. The Coast Guard asks the public to comment on the expansion of the AIS requirement to other vessels and waterways.

AIS is a type of vessel-tracking equipment that automatically sends detailed ship information to other ships and shore-based agencies, allowing for virtually instantaneous vessel tracking and monitoring.

The deadline for installation of this equipment is either July 1, 2004, or Dec. 31, 2004, depending on the vessel.

The public meetings will be held on:

-- Nov. 5: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 8th Coast Guard District, Hale Boggs Federal Building, Room B100, 501 Magazine St., New Orleans.

-- Nov. 13: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at New Bedford Whaling Museum, Museum Theater, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass.

-- Dec. 9: 1-4:30 p.m., at 13th Coast Guard District, Federal Building, 915 Second Ave., 4th Flr., Northern Auditorium, Seattle.