The AIS course (Automatic Identification Systems) is designed for masters and ships officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships that are fitted with such equipment.

A trainee successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • understand the objectives of AIS
  • understand how AIS works as a system
  • understand the benefits and limitations of the system
  • understand the decision making process that needs to be applied in using such systems
  • demonstrate competency in entering and checking ship´s AIS data
  • demonstrate competency in the use of AIS as an additional navigational tool to aid situational awareness and collision avoidance
  • demonstrate competence in sending and responding to safety and security-related messages
  • demonstrate competency in the proper use of a AIS transponder
  • rapidly familiarize themselves with a particular AIS unit on a ship, prior to use at sea


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