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VTS & Maritime Surveillance Issues & Solutions

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May 2020 - 14th IALA VTS/E-Nav Symposium in Rotterdam - New dates: 19 - 23rd April 2021
June 2019 -
Seminar on the revision of IMO Resolution 857(20) - Guidelines for Vessel Traffic Services
May 2018 -
IALA 19th Conference in Inchon Korea
Sep 2017 - Maritime Cloud renamed as
Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP)
Sep 2016 -
US NTSB publishes safety assessment on the effectiveness of VTS in the United States
May 2015 - IALA Recommendation
V.128 updated to Edition 4.
May 2015 - IALA Guideline
1111 published. Technical Performance for VTS Equipment

IMO Resolution 857(20)

This resolution sets out the guidelines for the implementation of a Vessel Traffic Service. It was first issued in November 1997 and so is now more than 20 years old. It is currently being updated.

On 24th January 2020,
the IMO sub-Committee NCSR 7 approved the draft Assembly Resolution on Guidelines for Vessel Traffic Services. IALA was recognised by the IMO as having the expertise to help develop this document and, after several years of work from the VTS Committee and the involvement of many stakeholders, the draft Resolution is a modern framework for VTS. The next steps are for approval at IMO MSC 102 and then adoption at IMO Assembly 32 with the new Resolution being published in 2021.

What is focusses on new technology and developments in all sectors of the VTS and Maritime Surveillance market. It covers technologies employed for vessel traffic management within a local area, such as a port Vessel Traffic Service (
VTS or VTMIS), surveillance of a coastal zone (including Coastal GMDSS) and offshore sea surveillance for oil & gas and renewable energy applications. It also addresses wider EEZ management and longer range systems that are used for global vessel tracking, including satellite AIS, LRIT, SSAS and Fisheries VMS and MCS. It therefore covers many aspects associated with the creation of effective above water Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) from the local area to EEZ and global maritime traffic management.

Professional Advice enables you to obtain advice about VTMIS issues direct from this website (through our
contact page) or through our professional partners who have expertise within the field of VTS, VTMIS, Coastal / Offshore Surveillance and EEZ Management. If you are looking for assistance to define, procure or deploy any form of Maritime Surveillance system, provides you with the ability to connect to experienced professionals that understand your requirements and the latest technology for implementing an effective solution. Todays technologies enable much greater flexibility in system design than even the systems of only 5 years ago and therefore selecting the right approach for your new system can be a difficult task. aims to help you through that process. Please review our consultants page for more information or use our Contact form.

Just in Time Operations

Just in Time Operations are a recommendation that is part of the IMO Greenhouse Gas Strategy. This strategy sets out the aim to cut Emissions from Ships by 50% by 2050. Using Just in Time Operations, vessel emissions will be reduced by travelling at lower speed and by avoiding long periods of idling while waiting in Anchorages. This requires the accurate planning of departure and arrival times, an activity in which the VTS is clearly involved.

IALA V.103 VTS Training

We can arrange VTS Operator & Supervisor Training for your team. The package can be tailored to your specific needs and can include all travel, transfer and accommodation costs if required. Please see our
VTS Training page for further details.

Whats New on

Q3 2018 - IMO Resolution 857(20) update added to Home page
Q3 2016 -
VTS Training page added
Q3 2016 - New site design
Q1 2016 - Expanded
Consultancy section
Q1 2016 - Updated
Coastal Surveillance & Marine Coordination
Q4 2015 - Updated sections in line with new V.128 Ed 4

Site Structure provides a generic overview of VTS requirements and longer range vessel tracking requirements. It will derive functions from those requirements and examine the implementation issues that could apply to any purchased system bought to address such requirements. also review the technologies and sensors that could be employed. VTMiS covers:
The Cost Benefit Analysis will establish a number of key criterion that can be used to determine whether the implementation of a system is valid. This is a topic that varies widely in its execution and so it is hoped that by establishing a rational approach to Cost Benefit Analysis, some consistency may be able to be achieved and that the Risks criteria identified can be shown to be addressed by any delivered solution

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