VTS FINLAND – safe maritime traffic
Vessel Traffic Management
Vessel Traffic Management provides Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) to merchant shipping and other marine traffic and maintains safety radio operations. In Finland, Vessel Traffic Services are provided by the three VTS Centres of VTS Finland. The Centres’ surveillance areas encompass all coastal merchant shipping lanes and the Saimaa deep fairway.
Toward safer marine traffic
The goal of the Vessel Traffic Service is to improve the safety of marine traffic and facilitate the efficiency and free flow of vessel traffic. It also aims to prevent accidents and mitigate their potential environmental hazards.
To achieve these aims, the VTS Centres operate 24/7 all year round. Thanks to the continuous services, vessels receive information on matters related to safe marine traffic and navigation assistance at all hours. This also maintains a high service level of traffic organization service.
National and international cooperation
Operating from the Gulf of Finland Vessel Traffic Centre, Helsinki Traffic monitors international waters in the Gulf of Finland in cooperation with Russia and Estonia. The jointly organized ship reporting system GOFREP encompasses the entire Gulf of Finland, with the exception of territorial VTS areas. Traffic in the South Åland Sea TSS is monitored by Åland Sea Traffic at the Western Finland VTS Centre.
In addition to international cooperation, the VTS Centres work in close cooperation with authorities, ports and other partners.
Saimaa VTS maintains distress and safety radio traffic in the Saimaa region and forwards distress calls to the police, rescue authorities and other cooperation partners.
When necessary, VTS provides assistance to authorities and supervises compliance with the Pilotage Act.
Kiwa Inspecta has issued the ISO 9001 Quality Management System certificate for vessel traffic management on 26 November 2018. The aim of the quality management system for vessel traffic management is to ensure that vessel traffic services and distress and safety broadcasts provided to vessels, the competencies of operational personnel and other activities defined in the quality management system comply with national and international requirements and take into account other international codes, recommendations and guidelines.
Through compliance with these requirements, the aim of vessel traffic management is the improvement of the safety and efficiency of vessel traffic in waters covered by vessel traffic management and the prevention of accidents and environmental hazards by all available means.