The Department of Marine Administration (DMA) is planning to install automatic identification systems (AIS) on coastal vessels to ensure maritime security and lay an information sharing network, according to the department.
“The AIS is an automatic tracking system. AIS stations will also be set up at ports. Myanmar’s coastal ships and fishing vessels will be equipped with AIS soon,” said U Ko Ko Naing, the Director of the DMA.
All inland water transport ferries and coastal ships will have AIS by 2021. Installations will start at the end of this year.
At present, there are about 600 cargo and passenger ships and 4,000 fishing vessels. With the inclusion of small vessels, the total number of vessels crosses 10,000. They all will get AIS, according to the DMA.
To implement the plan, the DMA is discussing setting up AIS stations at 19 jetties with the Myanma Port Authority. The range of the AIS would stretch to 30-50 miles. The stations would control the AIS and exchange navigational information.
The AIS would also help track illegal activities of ships, according to the DMA.
While Myanmar is making efforts to adopt AIS, the neighboring countries have been using the systems since 2004, according to the Inland Water Transport (Dawbon). —Myint Maung
(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)