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Training of Moroccan VTS operators and supervisors

October 13, 2010

​Training of Moroccan VTS operators and supervisors
IMO Resolution MSC.300(87), adopted on 17 May 2010, brings into force changes to the Gibraltar Strait mandatory reporting system.  With effect from 1 December 2010, east bound vessels entering the Mediterranean will have to report to “Tangier Traffic”, a new Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Centre situated at Tangier.
In this regard, and in order to have the staff of the VTS Authority in Morocco appropriately trained to perform the tasks required by chapter V, regulation 12 of the SOLAS Convention, IMO recently provided technical assistance to train the operators and supervisors of the “Tangier Traffic” Centre to operate the associated VTS Information Service.  As a result, a total of 21 operators and supervisors were trained on the international standards set by International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), using the IALA Model Courses.