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Authorised vessel traffic services in Australia

We authorise and audit vessel traffic service (VTS) authorities in Australia.

The Australian legal framework for authorisation of VTS consists of:

There are currently 14 authorised vessel traffic services in Australia. These include:

VTS VTS Authority Services provided* Further information

Abbot Point VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS

Ashburton VTS Pilbara Ports AuthorityPort of Dampier INS, TOS

Brisbane VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS

Cairns VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS

Dampier VTS

Pilbara Ports AuthorityPort of Dampier

INS, TOS

Fremantle VTS Fremantle Ports INS, TOS, NAS

Gladstone VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS

Hay Point VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS, NAS

Mackay VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS

Melbourne VTS

Victorian Port Corporation (Melbourne) INS, TOS

Port Hedland VTS

Pilbara Ports AuthorityPort Hedland

INS, TOS

REEFVTS
(Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Vessel Traffic Services)

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, NAS

Townsville VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS

Weipa VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS

*INS = information service: a service to ensure essential information becomes available in time for on-board navigational decision making.

 TOS = traffic organisation service: a service to prevent the development of dangerous maritime traffic situations and to provide for the safe and efficient movement of vessel traffic within the VTS area.

 NAS = navigational assistance service: a service to assist on-board decision making and to monitor its effects, especially in difficult navigational or meteorological circumstances or in the case of defects or deficiencies.

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Last updated: 20 November 2017
Last reviewed: 20 November 2017