Australian Vessel Traffic Service award

Nominations have closed for the 2020-21 award. The recipient of this year’s award will be announced shortly.

The award recognises an outstanding contribution by a VTS beyond their normal operational scope. 

The contribution can be in one or more of the following areas: 

  • the safety of life at sea
  • safety and efficiency of navigation
  • protection of the marine environment.

Previous winners and runners up

2019–20 Australian VTS Award 

Winner — Warren Bath, Vessel Traffic Services Operator at Hay Point VTS. Warren’s actions led to successfully returning a bulk carrier alongside after it had drifted 20 metres from its berth with lines slack. There was no damage to the bulk carrier, other ships berthed at the port or the offshore terminal infrastructure, and no pollution event. Read Warren's story.

Highly commended — Port Hedland VTS for a successful rescue of four people after their recreational vessel capsized. Read about the actions of the Port Hedland VTS

Highly commended — Brisbane VTS, and VTSOs Ricky Blake and Todd Stewart for their assistance in extending the search area to rescue three people. The Brisbane VTS engaged all ships anchored in the vicinity to assist with the search. Read the full story.

Contact us

For more information you can contact us at:


Phone: 07 3001 6822 

Postal address:

AMSA VTS Awards 
PO Box 10790
Adelaide Street Brisbane QLD 4000

Courier address: 

AMSA VTS Awards Level 9 (East Tower)
410 Ann Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

Last updated: 

Monday 12 April 2021