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Malaysia: Marine Department requires all vessels operating to activate AIS at all times

03 Feb 2021

The Southern Region Marine Department of Malaysia on Monday (1 February) issued Port Circular No. 02/2021 informing the maritime community that it will require all vessels approved to operate to activate their Automatic Identification System (AIS) at all times:


This Circular serves as a notification to inform that the Malaysia Shipping Notice (MSN) 05/2019 has been enforced for vessels sailing Malaysia waters.

All ships that have been given approval to operate for the activities specified under Section 491B shall ensure that the AIS system is always activated at all times.

Any ships not having their AIS switched on, or cannot be activated due to technical malfunction or based on certain circumstances and situations, are required to notify YTS Johor or any nearby Port Office within 24 hours along with evidence of relevant documents.

Failure to comply with the above requirements, will result in revocation of the ship’s operating approval and can be prosecuted under Section 491B (4) of Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952, shall be liable on conviction, to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand ringgit (MYR 100,000) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two (2) years or both.

This Circular serves as the directives of the Port Officer for the State of Johor.

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Published: 3 February, 2021

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