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ACR introduces new AIS systems for US mandate

ACR's new AIS information site ACR's new AIS information site

ACR Electronics, a Drew Marine Company, has introduced its new Class A and Class B AIS transceivers certified to the latest AIS regulations, with one eye on the new US Coast Guard AIS mandate which becomes effective in March 2016.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The AISLink CA1 (Class A) and AISLink CB1 (Class B) are appropriate for all US and foreign-flag vessels affected by the mandate, with most ships operating in US navigable waters now required to install a type-approved AIS under the new ruling, with the choice of system dependent on various factors including the number of passengers, operating area and maximum speed.

“The safety of the vessel and its crew is always a priority. The fact that the USCG has mandated AIS for commercial vessels is a poignant validation that AIS is instrumental in vessel detection and protection,” said Gerry Angeli, president of ACR Electronics.

“By installing ACR’s AISLink CA1 transceiver, or in some cases our AISLink CB1 Class B transceiver, captains globally will have access to state-of-the-art technology allowing navigation to be simplified. ACR AIS transceivers offer high reliability, performance and compliance with regulations at a competitive price. They facilitate faster communication and navigational planning especially when vessels are not visible or obstructed from radar.”

“ As the USCG March 16 deadline approaches for commercial vessels to comply with the requirements to install AIS, we will also be working online and in person to assist boat owners, operators and installers who may have questions about the mandate or who may need help installing transceivers on their vessels.”

ACR has also launched a new website with information about the USCG AIS mandate, as well as more general information on the technology used.

The site, at, has been established to help commercial vessel owners, operators and installers to understand the basics of AIS and how to comply with the upcoming mandates, allowing owners and operators to check if they are covered by the new rule and whether they need a Class A or Class B AIS device in order to operate legally in US waters.

The rule means vessels such as commercial self-propelled vessels of 65 feet or more in length, towing vessels of 26 feet or more, passenger vessels certificated to carry more than 150 passengers, vessels that move or carry hazardous cargo and vessels that engage in dredging in or near a commercial channel will all require a Class A AIS device.

Certain other vessels, including fishing and small passenger vessels that operate outside US Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Areas, can use a less expensive Class B device.{/mprestriction}

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