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VTS Supervisor Training Course


10-day course that covers the knowledge and practical competence required by a VTS supervisor.

The course meets the requirements of IALA Model Course V-103/2.

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Aboa Mare Maritime Academy Training Center. Turku, Finland

Training method

Theory lessons and VTS simulator exercises

Upon completing this training,
the participant will

  • Understand how to keep the VTS system operational on a 24/7 basis
  • Be fully conversant with the administrative functions of a VTS
  • Know how to motivate and lead a VTS team
  • Be prepared for the VTS supervisor job
  • You will gain the basic skills and knowledge to be able to demonstrate a sense of responsibility, independence, willingness to cooperate with others and the ability to motivate and lead a VTS team
  • Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of international, national and local legislative requirements and regulations.
  • Participants will learn skills to identify and explain the malfunction or degradation in performance of equipment and to keep the system operational on a 24/7 basis.
  • Learn how to recognize when stressful situations are developing and have knowledge of the management techniques necessary to minimize the effect of such situations.
  • Learn how to assess, implement and contribute to the development of contingency plans relating to distress, emergencies and other special circumstances.
  • All our VTS instructors have extensive experience in providing VTS courses
  • Our VTS training has been accredited by the competent authority since 2005 and is waiting for a Nautical Institutes accreditation.
  • We have provided VTS train
  • ing for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) SAFEMED projects since 2015.
  • The VTS simulator at Aboa Mare is userfriendly and it’s easy to learn how to operate the basic functions. This gives more time to focus on the relevant topics in the exercises.
  • We have participated in the renewal process for edition 2 of Model Course V-103/1.
  • We have trained most of the VTS personnel in Finland that monitor the challenging archipelago and difficultly navigated fairways leading to the Finnish ports.
  • Many VTS teams from the Nordic countries and international non-European VTS teams have been trained by us.
Course codeVTS V-103/2
Course titleVTS Supervisor Training Course V-103/2
Student profileIntended for persons aiming to lead a VTS team
PrerequisitesThe VTS Operator Training Course
Training personnelExperienced VTS instructors fulfilling the requirements by the competent authority.
Course complianceThe course fulfils the recommendations of the IALA Model Course V-103/2
EquipmentVTS simulator
AssessmentKnowledge, competences and skills are assessed through a written exam and through simulator exercises
CertificationParticipants completing the course successfully will be issued a course certificate.
Individual course
Max/min participants10/6
Flag approval-
Course recognition by flag state-
Other approvalsApproved by the competent authority

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