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Standards for Automatic Location Communicator (ALC) Approval

09 December 2010

On December 16th 2010, changes to the Fisheries (Satellite Vessel Monitoring) Regulations 1993 take effect removing the type approval process and list of suitable ALC units for reporting to the Ministry of Fisheries Vessel Monitoring System (VMS). Instead a Circular issued under regulation 4 of the VMS regulations will set minimum standards that any new ALC will need to meet.

Registration of new ALC units will continue to occur through FishServe. ALCs currently registered will automatically carry forward to the new standard-based system so there is no need for operators to immediately re-register existing units or purchase new ones. However, from December 16th 2010 onwards, operators who wish to register a new unit will need to state that the new unit meets the standard and provide a declaration to this effect from the ALC supplier along with their ALC registration application.

MFish has been working closely with representatives of the fishing industry and satellite communications experts in developing the standard to apply to new units. The new standard will allow operators to install the latest technologies as they become available without having to undergo the previously costly and time-consuming type-approval process.

A copy of the circular detailing the new standards and the supplier declaration are provided below. 

Adobe PDF.  Download Standards Circular (PDF 1.5MB)

Adobe PDF.  Download Supplier Declaration (PDF 58KB)

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Updated : 10 December 2010