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Austrian rent-a-transponder service for inland AIS transponders runs out end of 2011

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Since 1 July 2008, commercial vessels navigating on the Austrian stretch of the Danube must be equipped with an AIS inland transponder. Skippers whose vessel is not equipped with a fully functional inland AIS transponder can contact the contractors of via donau to rent the device. As of 31 December 2011, this service will be discontinued. 

Starting on 1 January 2012, all vessels navigating on the Austrian stretch of the Danube as well as on the Traun and Enns rivers ort he Danube Canal must be equipped with a transponder. The devices must conform to the regulations of the telecommunication law. The only vessels that are exempt from the mandatory transponder requirement are the pushed vessels of a pushed convoy, side-by-side couple formations of a coupled unit, non self-propelled ferries and small crafts.

All Inland AIS transponders that have been rented or will be rented before the deadline must be returned until 31.12.2011.