WASHINGTON – Most commercial vessels traveling through U.S. navigable waterways are required to have an Automatic Identification System (AIS).

The U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) recently created a voluntary service that enables mariners to verify compliance with AIS carriage requirements.

The Vessel Identification Verification Service (VIVS), which went live on April 3, is available at: https://navcen.uscg.gov/vivs.

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