← Logistics Dictionary

Identification System

What is Identification System?

Identification System is the standard used worldwide to establish communication between vessels on the sea/ocean. It is mostly referred as Automatic Identification System (AIS). AIS is an integral part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

AIS is a tool for transmitting data electronically between a vessel and the AIS receiving station. Data can be transmitted from vessel to vessel, vessel to ashore station or vessel to satellite. And all vessels navigating closely to each other, having AIS integration, can know the course and speed of each other.

AIS had been a compulsory requirement since 2004 for all vessels weighing over 300 tons and travel internationally.

Identification System is an automated tracking system that displays other vessels within close proximity.

You may also be interested in these articles


Focus on Your Business: the DHL SME Hub

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are fundamental to the global economy. When it comes to shipping issues and logistics challenges, ...

21. May 2024 / Reading time: ~ 3 Min.