Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Fundamentals

This course will provide a useful insight into the establishment and operation of a VTS system.

Engineering, Technology

Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Fundamentals 15-16 May 2014 Informa Australia, Perth, Australia
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A comprehensive 2 day introduction to establishment & operation of a VTS system, legal implications & related International Maritime Organisation recommendations & International Association of Marine Aids and Lighthouse Authorities guidelines

Key Learning Outcomes

Understand the origins and significance of VTS and the role it plays in the safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment

Address the range of legal implications associated with both implementing and not implementing a VTS

Describe the process for determining the need for a VTS

Identify key VTS subsystems and describe their function within the overall VTS system

Identify critical organisational and technical requirements for the implementation of a VTS in accordance with international best practice

Analyse the status of VTS in Australia and demonstrate an understanding of the next steps necessary

Analyse case studies and demonstrate an appreciation of the role of VTS and lessons learnt

About the Course

This course will provide a useful insight into the establishment and operation of a VTS system. It will also seek to highlight key issues associated with the authorisation of a VTS and the appropriate delegation of this authority to VTS personnel. Through a review of case studies it will also highlight some of the emerging legal implications of both implementing and not implementing a VTS in Australia.

With VTS becoming more and more established globally its role and contribution to marine incident and accidents is increasingly scrutinised by accident investigators in post incident reviews. This course will seek to provide an understanding of the key legal implications associated with both implementing and not implementing a VTS.

The course will then focus more on the process of identifying the need for a VTS in a given waterway, in accordance with the international guidelines, and outline the stages that should be followed to ascertain the scope and design of a VTS technology solution for a given situation.

The current status of VTS in Australia will be considered and compared with the situation in other countries and the steps that need to be taken in order to achieve the standards promoted by international guidelines and recommendations will be discussed.

Finally, the course will review two shipping incident case studies where VTS is perceived to have played a role. Attendees will consider the actions of the VTS during the course of the incidents and the findings and possible implications of these findings for VTS in Australia in the future.

Who Should Attend

This course is suitable, as a minimum, for attendance by the following industry professionals:

State Maritime Administration Representatives

Shipping Company Representatives

Ships’ Masters

Ships’ Senior Deck Officers

Port Corporations Representatives

Harbour Masters

Port CEOs

Ports’ General Managers Marine Operation

VTS Authority Representatives

VTS Managers

VTS Operators

From: May 15, 2014 09:00
To: May 16, 2014 17:00

Informa Australia, St Georges Terrace, 6000, Perth, Australia


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