India to Use New Vessel Identification System

15 February 2011 (Last Updated February 15th, 2011 18:30)

India has unveiled plans to implement a national automatic identification system (AIS) in a bid to safeguard the country's coastline. The system will trace each vessel entering Indian waters and monitor its movements in the outer seas, as well as provide information about ship identity

India has unveiled plans to implement a national automatic identification system (AIS) in a bid to safeguard the country’s coastline.

The system will trace each vessel entering Indian waters and monitor its movements in the outer seas, as well as provide information about ship identity, capacity, expected direction, travel history and safety-related details.

Other vessels fitted with AIS transponders can also share the information with each other and with Indian shore stations.

The system will become operational along with navigational telex services, a communication technology that carries messages between vessels passing within 200 nautical miles of the shore, within a year, according to The Times of India.