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Mandatory AIS in Hungary from 1 September 2011

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On 31 August 2011, Mr. Zoltán Schváb, Hungarian deputy state secretary for transport,  officially announced the Decree obliging vessels navigating on the Hungarian river stretches to carry and operate automatic identification equipment (so called AIS transponder) to come into force on 1 September 2011. The objective, being defined in the New Széchenyi Plan, is to increase the percentage of shipping in the transport sector and to enhance safety..

Budapest, 31 August 2011, Mr. Zoltán Schváb - Hungarian deputy state secretary for transport - officially announces the Decree on AIS to be in force from 1 September onwards.

The Hungarian Decree 45/2011. (VIII. 25.), issued by the Ministry of National Development, requires AIS equipment on board of large vessels, ferries, small vessels carrying 12 persons or more and working vessels. Goal is to enhance the safety of inland waterway transport and environment.

In the first half of 2011, 145 vessels have been equiped with AIS transponders - financially supported by the Hungarian Ministry and the EU. The usage of AIS transponders enables Hungarian Authorities to improve its services on disaster relief assistance and protection of the environment. 

The implementation and operation of the River Information Services (RIS) in Hungary (PannonRIS) has been ensured by the close cooperation of the Ministry of National Development, the National Transport Authority and RSOE. Along with the publication of the above mentioned Decree, the website of the Hungarian River Information Services has been renewed as well.