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Thailand: AIS transponders mandatory on all foreign craft in Phuket waters, effective October 1

By Sue Richards last modified Nov 13, 2014 02:22 PM
Following Singapore's lead who introduced the AIS requirement for recreational craft back in 2012, Phuket (Thailand) have now announced that as of 1 October this year, all foreign yachts sailing in Phuket waters must have an AIS Class B transponder fitted.

Published: 2014-11-13 14:22:09
Topics: Cruising Information , Equipment
Countries: Malaysia , Singapore , Thailand , Indonesia

With extracts from reports by the Phuket Gazette.

Whilst not having AIS can result in a 6 month jail term, it seems the authorities are going to be “flexible” in enforcing the new regulation.

Phuriphat Theerakulpisut, chief of the Phuket Marine Office, explains. “For boats that arrive in Phuket with captains who don’t know about this order, we can give them about 10 days to obtain an AIS transponder. But those who ignore our repeated requests will be charged for disobeying an order issued by the National Council for Peace and Order [NCPO], which carries a penalty of up to six months in jail.”

The AIS monitoring system in operation at the “one-stop yacht center” at Chalong Pier is served by six relay towers in Phuket, two in Phang Nga and two in Krabi.

When asked about the reasons for introuducing this system, Phuriphat Theerakulpisut told the Phuket Gazette, “We are pushing this for safety. We will be able to tell where larger vessels are and possibly be able to determine who caused an accident. AIS Class B receivers don’t cost much and boat people know where to get them.”

As well as demanding that foreign boats are fitted with AIS, the Phuket marine authorities are also looking to have all Thai boats, including the fishing fleet and all transport boats that carry 25 or more passengers, fitted too.

“The next phase is to install more relay towers in Phang Nga and Krabi, and then extend the system to cover all vessels entering Ranong and Trang waters, too,” he added.

Note that the Phuket Gazette article is incorrect in the type of AIS unit required.

AIS transponders (send and receive) come in two types: Class A is intended for SOLAS vessels, and Class B for other users. Both types will appear on any equipment capable of receiving AIS transmissions. It is also possible to have an AIS receiver which will receive AIS transmissions, but does not send out any data itself.

The Phuket requirement is for boats to have AIS transponders, (Class A or B). It is usual for private leisure users to have the Class B transponder type which are significantly ($2,000 less) cheaper than Type A.

An AIS Class B transponder costs from £480 including antenna in the UK (Approx. US$790). Local marine supply companies in Langkawi, Malaysia, have already informed noonsite that they have units available to buy or rent.

It seems the yachting community will need to get used to the idea of having this equipment on board as other countries move to mandate it for leisure vessels, especially in congested areas.

Read the latest Phuket Gazette article on this new requirement at http://www.phuketgazette.net/

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 13, 2014 02:22 PM

November 2014: See update news item above, under related content, concerning latest situation in Phuket re. this requirement.

wapiti
wapiti says:
Sep 13, 2014 12:06 PM

Although it seems onerous to require yachts to be fitted with Class B AIS transponders they are in fact very useful pieces of equipment. We find greater compliance when requiring ships under power to give way to a vessel under sail if they can see our position and estimate the collision risk for themselves.

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