Expanding AIS Requirements - SSB No.: 09/2019

RDIMS No .: 15282379
Date (Y-M-D) : 2019-05-14

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This bulletin has been replaced by Ship Safety Bulletin No. 23/2020


This bulletin gives you general information about the Regulations Amending the Navigation Safety Regulations (Automatic Identification Systems). These amendments will come into force on June 15, 2019.

Access the amendments through the Canada Gazette, Part II.


The regulations include amendments to mandatory Automatic Identification System (AIS) carriage requirements.

What you need to know

Transport Canada is expanding AIS carriage requirements.

The expanded requirements will apply to every vessel on a voyage other than a sheltered waters voyage, if she is

  1. certified to carry more than 12 passengers; or
  2. eight metres or more in length and is carrying passengers.

The AIS may be a Class A or Class B type.

More information

To learn how to install, test and maintain an AIS properly, refer to SSB 10/2016.


1. Automatic Identification Systems (AIS)
2. Navigation Safety Regulations
3. Regulations Amending the Navigation Safety Regulations

Questions concerning this Bulletin should be addressed to:

Naim Nazha

Transport Canada
Marine Safety and Security
Tower C, Place de Ville
330 Sparks Street, 10th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N8

Contact us at: Email: marinesafety-securitemaritime@tc.gc.ca or Telephone: 1-855-859-3123 (Toll Free).