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Vessel Traffic Service (VTS)
Port of Dover VTS manages and oversees safety of navigation in Europe’s busiest Ferry port and one of the best known locations for cross-Channel sailing.
Dover Port Control
From the state-of-the-art Operation Room, with 360 degree views around the Port and located at Dover's Eastern Entrance, the 10 VTS Officers deliver a Traffic Organisation Service and Traffic Information Service on VHF 74 to:
- Approximately 120 ferry movements a day
- 140 cruise ships a year
- 160 cargo ships a year
In addition, it services approximately 3,750 visiting yachts and small craft, plus local berth holders.
Dover port Control is in constant contact with the Harbour Patrol Launch, which will be directed to intercept any vessel not complying with Port Control's instructions or to assist as required.
There are 10 fully qualified VTS Officers who receive refresher training every three years to keep up-to-date with improvements in the industry, showing the commitment of Dover's VTS to deliver an excellent service to the Port's Marine customers and leisure community.
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Objectives of VTS
- Safety of life at sea
- Safety of navigation
- Efficiency of vessel traffic movement
- Protection of the marine environment
- Protection of the adjacent communities and infrastructure
- Contribution to the efficiency of related activities and supporting maritime security
In order to deliver these objectives, it is essential that VTS Officers have access to a comprehensive traffic image at all times including factors influencing marine traffic movements, such as weather and sea conditions. In addition, VTS officers must be presented with information about all participating vessels and their intention, in ample time, to allow for a full assessment of the situation and the appropriate control of traffic.
Therefore, it is imperative that Leisure Craft are in constant contact with Port Control so they may be advised, in ample time, of the intentions of other vessels in the vicinity.
How do we deliver VTS?
- Dover Port Control is open 365 days, 24/7, constantly listening on VHF 74. It also monitors its secondary channels VHF12 and VHF16.
- Dover Port Control communicates via telephones, email, signal lights, Automatic Identification System or through the Harbour Patrol Launch.
- Dover Port Control has a comprehensive integrated AIS/radar system providing coverage, both inside and outside of the Port, so it can deliver an excellent service even in poor weather conditions.
VTS Levels around the Port
- Traffic Organisation Service - The Traffic Organisation Traffic Service is designed 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.
- Information Service - The Information Service ensures that essential information become available in time for on-board navigational decision-making.
- Local Port Service at the Marina - The Local Port Service does not interact with traffic, nor is it required to have the ability and/or the resources to respond to developing traffic situations, and there is no requirements for vessel traffic image to be maintained.