The Phuket News Premier League predictions The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

All foreign yachts in Phuket ‘will have to have AIS system’

PHUKET: From October 1 all foreign-registered boats coming into or staying in Thai waters will be required to have Automatic Identification System (AIS) equipment installed.

Saran Mitrarat

Thursday 4 September 2014, 06:58PM

The AIS systems on boats will be monitored from the Vessel Traffic Management Centre on Chalong Pier.
The AIS systems on boats will be monitored from the Vessel Traffic Management Centre on Chalong Pier.

The regulation is being introduced after the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) commanded the Third Naval Area Command to organise boats and ships along the Andaman Coast and around islands offshore, from Ranong down to Satun.

The new regulation was announced in a Provincial Announcement signed by Governor Maitri Inthusut and released today (September 4) to the media.

“Phuket province is the center of maritime tourism on the Andaman coast,” the announcement stated. “There are numerous boats from foreign counties travelling for tourism around Phuket and neighbouring islands, which causes heavy water traffic congestion. Therefore the organisation of boats in the area needs to be enforced.

“[The systems must be installed] to follow the order of the NCPO and to accord with the installed Vessel Traffic and Management System (VTMS) of Phuket [on Chalong Pier] to control the security of water transportation, to prevent maritime accidents and to secure the waters’ stability to the utmost effectiveness and benefit.”

The announcement specifies that cruise boats, motor yachts and sailing yachts must install AIS Class B systems or higher, and the system must be turned on at all times.

QSI International School Phuket

Violations of the regulation, it warned, “will result in punishment according to the highest law.”

Phuripat Teerakulpisit, director of the Phuket Marine Office, said, “The cost of an AIS is about B20,000-30,000 depending on the specifications.

“Places where people can buy an AIS [in Phuket] will be announced after our next meeting on Wednesday [September 10],” he added. On that day, he said, he will also explain in detail how the regulation will be applied and to which boats.

AIS systems are used worldwide not only to control boats but also for collision avoidance, fishing fleet monitoring, traffic management, security, search and rescue, and accident investigation.

The technology has been compulsory worldwide since 2002 for all ferries and vessels over 300 tons, and the European Union is currently looking at making it compulsory for other vessels over a certain size.



The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:

Comments Left: Characters
E-mail: (No Hotmail, Live, MSN and Outlook accepted at this time)
   => Forget password?

sailing gweilo | 10 September 2014 - 09:24:52

This decision to fit AIS B is based on power and control by the military government and not safety.  Yachts in Phuket sail mostly in daytime and in good weather where traffic avoidance is done visually and is far safer than relying on AIS, which does have it's limitations. There has not been a yacht collision around Phuket to my knowledge which would have been prevented by AIS.  The message I&...

The Phuket News

Local Farang | 06 September 2014 - 19:06:47

Sailing Farang...if a simple mandatory purchase of safety equipment AIS has cemented your decision to pack up...then Good Bye the seas will be safer without you.
Singapore will not accept you without a AIS either so langkawi is your only option.
Also note that all vessels are required to have an AIS transponder that is approved for use within the port by the MPA or the Port Master. Address any q...

The Phuket News

sailing farang | 06 September 2014 - 16:02:34

I must be one of those cheap charlie gypsei type. on monday i must go to phuket international academy and withdraw my thai step doughter from term 2 ( $12,000. a year)they like a 3 month notice, then i will let yacht haven know that i won't be renewing my
 yearly berth rental due jan. 1,($4,200. a year) to bad for the thai divers that clean the yachts boat bottom every month ,($600. a year) a...

The Phuket News

Local Farang | 05 September 2014 - 14:15:38

kanaloa - AIS is safety so you can see other boats with or without lights. I think it should be mandatory in ANY boat regardless of the size worldwide. If the cheap charlie sailboat gypsies cant afford it or are not willing to pay for safety then they should all go to Langkawi tie up the Hole in the wall mangroves and retire. - Great news Phuket Navy well done !!Nail in the coffin for the Phuket M...

The Phuket News

Simon | 05 September 2014 - 02:20:15

The IMO SOLAS regulation of 2002 requires vessels that are over 300 tons (Not 500GT) on an international voyage to have a Class A type AIS transceiver. There are various types of AIS transceivers (they transmit and receive AIS messages) - Class A, Class B and Identifier devices each of which are specifically designed for use on different types of boats and can be very low cost. AIS transceive...

The Phuket News

kanaloa | 04 September 2014 - 21:44:49

International Maritime Law states that all vessels over 500 tons require to have AIS fitted mandatory. Many yachts have AIS receivers only fitted but not transmitters. This is used to track and avoid large vessels. Contrary to the general image the average yachtsman does not have bottomless pockets. I think that this together with the ill conceived temporary importation rules introduced earlier an...

The Phuket News
Matches 6 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments

Chinese ‘zero-baht’ tour mogul’s wife arrested as OA Transport hunt moves to B7.7bn tax evasion

Court rulings show already that things are not exactly as RTP likes us to believe For RTP is it just a money share business It goes in hard! Who b...(Read More)

Russian tourist revived from drowning at Patong Beach

Excellent job...well done. The uninitiated arm chair rescuer with no training whatsoever has a dam cheek to question your efforts....(Read More)

Interpol’s red notice for Red Bull heir ‘still in force’

Nope...the article doesn't say anything at all about the comments that have been made. They are just being made up - as usual. The definition of n...(Read More)

Phuket Governor steps in to fix black wastewater flowing into Chalong Bay

Discover Thainess... please, STOP being logical. I guess taking "samples" will prove it to be untreated crap, but what else will it do......(Read More)

Phuket underpass-jacknife truck driver charged

LOL...and still the stupid childish comments with nothing of any value. Kids have got to amuse themselves somehow I suppose...(Read More)

Chinese ‘zero-baht’ tour mogul’s wife arrested as OA Transport hunt moves to B7.7bn tax evasion

Off the subject a little. Here's a question. The Chinese are usually called "zero dollar" tourists. Why? Do they stay in hotels or e...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Enough is enough

The water on the beaches isn't the only thing that smells bad....(Read More)

Phuket Vice Governor pushes for crackdown on ‘home delivery’ drugs

Is this Vice Governor going to trace back to the producers of the drugs? Does he dare that with his strong talk about mail delivery? When thai autho...(Read More)

Phuket Governor targets key tourism issues at consul meeting revival

Just to read back. Seems the Phuket Governor has forgotten quick the complains, worries and suggestions of the honorable Consuls Phuket Governor prio...(Read More)

Phuket underpass-jacknife truck driver charged

Dear Editor, could you please insert a "like, dislike" icon to the comments section like the BP has. That would prove whose comments are fou...(Read More)

The Phuket News
Weird World
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
World Entertainment
Photo Galleries
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2018 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.