In the framework of the EU-funded SAFEMED IV project, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) organised a training for Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Supervisors. Overall, ten participants from Algeria, Israel, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia have undergone the training early this month in Turku, Finland.
The training reflected, as much as possible, the guidelines set out in the IALA (International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities) Recommendation V-103/2. At the completion of the course, the participants matured sufficient knowledge and competence to carry out the duties of a VTS Supervisor at a VTS centre. In particular, they acquired the skills and knowledge with the administrative functions of a VTS and the methods of responding to emergency sistuations as well as the principles of Vessel Traffic Service, the services that a VTS centre can provide to shipping and the resources and means of providing those services.
Such activity is embedded in Component 3 “Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information System” which aims at improving the technical capabilities as well as on-the-job skills of the maritime administration of the beneficiary countries and their staff.
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) is implementing SAFEMED IV project for technical assistance bringing together national, European and international stakeholders with the aim to raise the safety, security and protection of marine environment standards in the Mediterranean sea, with a view to implement the maritime aspects of the UfM Regional Transport Action Plan 2014-2020.