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Through a series of presentations, group discussions and case studies, this course will provide insight into the following key areas of VTS.


The history of VTS from the first radar based port control in 1948

  • How it all started
  • Benefits of early VTS
  • Public expectation
  • Need for international harmonisation

Primary organisations and bodies involved in VTS

  • IMO
  • STCW
  • IALA

The legal framework

  • International framework
  • National frameworks
  • State’s/NT frameworks
  • A samples of different international approaches

VTS design and how it works, both technical and organisational

  • Functions of a VTS
  • Role of a modern VTS in ports and coastal waters
  • Scoping for a VTS – IALA’s approach
  • VTS technology
  • The VTS organisation

VTS system examples

  • This session will provide a detailed description of two internationally recognised VTS systems

VTS in Australia – where are we and how do we rate?

  • National VTS working group
  • Competent authority and VTS authority
  • Positive progress: A sample

VTS  case studies: findings and implications

  • Review of two high profile shipping incidents
  • The role of VTS
  • Findings and their implications
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