Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Authorised vessel traffic services (VTS) in Australia

Vessel Traffic Services

AMSA is responsible for authorising and auditing of VTS Authorities in Australia

Australian legal framework

Section 213 of the Navigation Act 2012 allows regulations to be made in relation to vessel traffic services (VTS).

Marine Order 64 establishes AMSA as the Competent Authority for VTS in Australia and as a result AMSA can provide for the authorisation and auditing of VTS Authorities.

There are currently 14 authorised vessel traffic services in Australia. These include:

VTS VTS Authority Services provided Further information

Abbot Point VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS

 

Ashburton VTS

Pilbara Ports Authority – Port of Dampier

INS, TOS

 

Brisbane VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS

 

Cairns VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS

Dampier VTS

Pilbara Ports Authority – Port of Dampier

INS, TOS

 

Fremantle VTS

Fremantle Ports

INS, TOS, NAS

 

Gladstone VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS

Hay Point VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS, NAS

Mackay VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS

 

Melbourne VTS

Victorian Port Corporation (Melbourne)

INS, TOS

 

Port Hedland VTS

Pilbara Ports Authority – Port Hedland

INS, TOS

 

REEFVTS
(Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Vessel Traffic Services)

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, NAS

 

Townsville VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS

Weipa VTS

Maritime Safety Queensland

INS, TOS

INS = Information Service: A service to ensure essential information becomes available in time for on-board navigational decision making.

TOS = Traffic Organisation Service: A service to prevent the development of dangerous maritime traffic situations and to provide for the safe and efficient movement of vessel traffic within the VTS area.

NAS = Navigational Assistance Service: A service to assist on-board decision making and to monitor its effects, especially in difficult navigational or meteorological circumstances or in the case of defects or deficiencies.

Further information

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