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VTS Training

The Port of London Authority is an International Association of Lighthouse Authorities and Maritime and Coastguard Agency accredited training organisation. We are able to provide a range of VTS training courses to both UK and international VTS professionals.

All of our training is managed and overseen by VTS professionals holding recognised further education teaching qualifications. All VTS training courses include direct input from the PLA’s team of experts in navigation safety, safety management systems, corporate affairs, contingency management and VTS equipment.

Training is delivered in our dedicated VTS training facility and state-of-the-art VTS simulator. Time on all courses is also spent in the live VTS centres, ship simulator and afloat on the river to bring the theories and principles of VTS into direct operational context.

 

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IALA V-103/1 VTS Operator Training

The IALA V-103/1 VTS Operator training course is the first professional qualification for newly appointed VTS personnel. The course covers the full range of subject matter contained within IALA Model Course V-103/1 including:

  • Language
  • Traffic Management
  • Equipment
  • Nautical Knowledge
  • Communication Coordination
  • VHF Radio
  • Personal Attributes
  • Emergency Situations

Click on image to enlargeThe course lasts for ten days and is held at the PLA’s dedicated VTS training facility in Gravesend, Kent.

The first week of the course covers the theories and principles of VTS and involves a wide range of leaner led activities with input from the PLA’s VTS professionals, Harbourmasters, Contingency Management, Corporate Affairs and Pilotage specialists. Time will also be spent in the ports live VTS Centres as well as on the river to fully appreciate the wider context of a VTS.

The second week of the course allows learners to put the theories and principles of VTS into practice in the PLA’s state of the art VTS simulator. A wide range of exercises will be carried out increasing in complexity as the course progresses. The exercises will be complemented by case studies and peer review/experiential learning with input from the PLA’s specialists.

The course is assessed by means of in class activities, written examinations and continuous assessment in the VTS simulator. Upon successful completion of the course candidates will be issued with the necessary certification to enable them to apply to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for a VTS Certification Logbook (if UK based).

Prior to attending the course candidates should hold the necessary pre-entry qualifications including:

  • The necessary nautical knowledge
  • GMDSS ROC (or acceptable equivalent)
  • Approved radar training
  • GCSE level pass in English or acceptable equivalent

If any of the above qualifications are not held then we can provide advice and guidance on the most appropriate way to achieve the necessary standards.

Courses run at regular intervals throughout the year, please contact us for availability and pricing information.

MCA VTS Refresher Training

UK based VTS personnel are required to undertake VTS Refresher training every 3 years through a formal approved VTS Refresher training course conducted by an MCA accredited VTS training organisation.

The MCA approved VTS Refresher training course aims to provide professional development training to ensure that the competence, knowledge and skills of VTS personnel are maintained and updated. The VTS Refresher course comprises of approximately 10 hours of lectures, presentations and workshops and 10 hours of simulation presented over three consecutive days.

The VTS Refresher training course constantly evolves, is job-centred and directly related to:

  • The maintenance of operational standards
  • The identification and discussion of recent changes, current/emerging trends and good practice that have been identified or promulgated by the IMO, IALA, MCA, Harbour Authorities, VTS Authorities, Pilotage Associations, accredited VTS Training Organisations, etc.
  • The identification and discussion of existing and evolving technological developments that may have an impact on the VTS environment; and
  • A review and discussion of lessons to be learnt from and relevant recommendations made by the MCA, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) and others as a result of studies/investigations that may have an impact on the delivery of VTS

The VTS Refresher training course will evaluate a candidate’s ability in the following areas as per V103/1 Operator course:

  • Equipment
  • Use of VHF Radio
  • Personal Attributes
  • Traffic Management
  • Emergency Operations
  • Communications Coordination

The course involves a wide range of leaner led activities with input from the PLA’s VTS professionals, Harbourmasters, Contingency Management, Corporate Affairs and Pilotage specialists. Learners will also put the theories and principles of VTS into practice in the PLA’s state of the art VTS simulator. A wide range of exercises will be carried out increasing in complexity as the course progresses. The exercises will be complemented by case studies and peer review/experiential learning.

The course is assessed by means of a pre course knowledge tester, in class activities and continuous assessment in the VTS simulator. Upon successful completion of the course candidates will be issued with the necessary certification to enable them to apply to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for the revalidation of a VTS Certification Logbook (if UK based).

Courses run at regular intervals throughout the year. Please contact us for availability and pricing information.

IALA V-103/2 VTS Supervisor Training

The purpose of the VTS Supervisor Training Course is to meet the requirements for qualified VTS personnel to obtain an endorsement as a VTS Supervisor capable, subject to obtaining satisfactory On-the-Job Training, of supervising and managing an Information, Navigation Assistance or Traffic Organisation service. The demonstration of a high level of responsibility, watchfulness and precision characterise a competent VTS Supervisor. The V-103/2 VTS Supervisor course is aimed at stimulating these qualities.

The course has been structured to comply fully with the requirements of IALA Model Course V-103/2 (Vessel Traffic Services Supervisor Training).
 
VTS Supervisor training follows the IALA Model Course V-103/2 and covers the following six modules:

• Advanced Traffic Management
• VTS Equipment
• Additional Personal Attributes
• Responding to Emergency Situations
• Administrative Functions
• Legal Knowledge

The course will run over two weeks and will consist of interactive classroom based activities and field trips.

To gain a place on the VTS Supervisor Training Course you must hold an IALA V-103/1 qualification as a VTS Operator.

Additionally, all candidates are required to prepare and submit, ahead of the V-103/2 VTS Supervisor Course, a completed professional portfolio.

Courses run at regular intervals throughout the year. Please contact us for availability and pricing information.