New amendments have been added to SOLAS regulation regarding the annual testing of AIS systems. Now all systems will have to be subjected to annual testing conducted by an approved surveyor or servicing facility. The tests will be looking to verify the correct programming of the ship static information and data exchange as well as verifying the radio performance. This new regulation will result in surveyors being equipped with special AIS test equipment and very detailed technical knowledge. The firm conducting the testing must be certified to work on AIS equipment and the surveyors must hold a formal DNV or national AIS service supplier approval. For the full article, click here.