How to become a vessel traffic services authority
You must meet certain criteria to operate a vessel traffic services (VTS).
Establishing and operatiing a VTS is a significant investment.
Criteria for authorisation
VTS operators must ensure that:
- operational objectives are being met
- technical and operational performance is acceptable
- issues identified when determining the need for the VTS have been either alleviated or at least reduced to an acceptable level.
Applicants must demonstrate that:
- there is a need for a VTS for the area
- they can meet the responsibilities of a VTS authority as described in the VTS guidelines.
The following guidance and application documents are available to assist with applying:
- Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) guidance for assessing, appointing and auditing a VTS
- Appointment of a vessel traffic services authority pre-audit checklist form 444
To apply, you must complete appointment of a vessel traffic services authority application form 445 and the folllowing documents:
- Compliance matrix—IMO resolution A.857(20) guidelines form 499
- Conformance with IALA recommendation V-119 on implementation form 447
- Conformance with IALA recommendation O-132 on quality management for aids to navigation authorities form 448
- Conformance with IALA guidelines V-127 on operational procedures form 449
- Conformance with IALA guideline 1089 on provision of VTS (INS, TOS & NAS) form 450
- Conformance with IALA recommendation V-103 on the standards for training and certification of personnel form 475
- Conformance with IALA recommendation V-128 on operational and technical performance requirements for equipment form 476
- Conformance with IALA guideline 1083 on standard nomenclature to identify and refer to VTS centres form 447
Term of authorisation
VTS authorities are authorised for a period of five years, as long as you meet our ongoing audit requirements.