VTS Course

Aboa Mare is IALA audited by the Finnish Transport Agency and has the accreditation to give the VTS Course V-103/1, VTS Operator Training, VTS Course V-103/2, VTS Supervisor Training Course and VTS Course V-103/4, VTS On the Job Training Instructor in compliance with the IALA Guideline 1014. 

Most of the Finnish and Norwegian VTS operators in VTS Course V-103/1, VTS Operator Training at Aboa Mare. We are also Training VTS operators in the Mediterranean area on behalf of the European Maritime Safety Agency in the Safe Med III project.
The SAFEMED III project foresees training in the field of vessel traffic monitoring and information systems for those beneficiary countries for which such needs has been identified.

Aboa Mare can also do tailor made training for VTS Operators who does not need IALA certificates. This has been done for instance in Ghana.


  • VTS Courses V-103/1, VTS Operator Training, the duration of this course is eight days. On successful completion of the VTS course and evaluations, and subject to language requirements, the trainees should have sufficient knowledge and competence to proceed to on-the-job training in the VTS Center in which they are to be employed. In particular they will be fully conversant with the basic principles of vessel traffic services, the services that a VTS can provide to shipping and the resources and means of providing those services
  • VTS Courses V-103/2, VTS Supervisor Training Course, the duration of this course is ten days. On successful completion of the VTS course and assessments, the participants should have been presented with sufficient training and to carry out with competence the duties of a VTS Supervisor at a VTS centre. In particular they should be fully conversant with the administrative functions of a VTS and the methods of responding to emergency situations as well as the principles of Vessel Traffic Services, the services that a VTS centre can provide to shipping and the resources and means of providing those services.

  • VTS Courses V-103/4, VTS On the Job Training Instructor, The duration of this course is ten days. On successful completion of the course the OJT Instructor will acquire basic skills and a practical ability to demonstrate appropriate instructional techniques unique to On-the-Job-training. They should also be fully conversant with the processes and procedures required to meet OJT requirements of specific VTS centres.

Are you implementing VTS systems in your area, please contact Aboa Mare to be your VTS training provider.

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