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Regional route sharing made possible in the Baltic

As a part of the EU project EfficienSea2, the surveillance system manufacturer Vissim has become the first operator to integrate voyage data from the ENSI-system in their own vessel traffic monitoring system, which will allow VTS centres and navigators to drastically reduce their reporting burdens.

'Close quarter situation' leads to collision in Turkish Straits

On 27 November 2016, the Maltese registered cargo vessel ‘Sider Capri’ and the Italian flagged ro-ro vessel ‘Grande Anversa’ collided in the Çanakkale Strait’s Traffic Separation Scheme, both sustaining structural damages. The safety investigation by MSIU found that a close quarter situation developed to a point that a collision became inevitable.

Australia invests in technology to boost safety at Great Barrier Reef

The Palaszczuk Government announced a $36 million investment in ship tracking technology, aiming to protect the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s ports. The Vessel Traffic Service operations would undergo systems upgrade to meet the modern demands of international shipping.

STM shore centre ready for operation in Gibraltar Strait

STM Validation informed that the Vessel Traffic Service Tarifa, one of the first shore centres updated to be fully compatible with Sea Traffic Management, is ready to send and receive voyage plans in Gibraltar strait.

Slow response of CPP system leads to foundering

Transport Malta issued an investigation report, concerning the allision of the Antigua & Barbuda registered heavy-lift “MARIA” and the consequent foundering of the Italian registered fishing vessel “ANGELA ARCELLA”, in the Grand Harbour, Valletta, on 9 August 2016.

MCA informs of UK Vessel Traffic Services

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency issued a Merchant Shipping Notice, concerning the Vessel Traffic Services and identifying the UK VTS centres, ahead of the requiring compliance by shipping with regulations 6 and 7 of the Merchant Shipping Regulations 2004.

Hong Kong upgrades VTS system

The Hong Kong Marine Department has introduced the newly upgraded third generation Vessel Traffic Services system and the reform work of the department.

Australian Vessel Traffic Services

AMSA has issued Marine Notice 08/2014 to advise master of the Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) in Australia which are authorised under the Navigation Act 2012 and Marine Order 64 (Vessel Traffic Services) 2013 (MO 64), and to remind them of their obligations to provide reports required by a VTS Authority, and to comply with instructions given by a VTS Authority regarding vessel movements.

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