A Regional Forum on Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) was held from 1 to 4 October 2013 in Singapore. The Forum was organised by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in collaboration with the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities World-Wide Academy (IALA WWA), the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) under the Singapore-IMO Third Country Training Programme.
A first activity under the IMO’s ITCP on the subject, the Forum provided a platform for officers from maritime administrations from Asia to interact and discuss issues related to safety of navigation in general and VTS in particular, with a view to identify capacity building needs in VTS for the region to enhance navigational safety. Further to the introduction of the subject matter by IMO and the technical matters presented by IALA, a number of industry speakers and experts shared their views on a wide range of subjects such as training, legislation, implementation and operation of VTS.
The Forum was attended by 31 participants from 16 IMO Member States and Associate Members: Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam and Hong Kong, China. As part of the Forum programme, the participants visited MPA’s Port Operations Control Centre where they had the opportunity to see a well-established VTS equipped with state-of-the-art systems.
The participants adopted a number of recommendations at the conclusion of the Forum.