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.

Application documents

The following guidance and application documents are available to assist with applying:

To apply, you must complete appointment of a vessel traffic services authority application form 445 and the folllowing documents:

Term of authorisation

VTS authorities are authorised for a period of five years, as long as you meet our ongoing audit requirements.

Last updated: 

Tuesday 18 September 2018