D. B. Charter, Jr. and E. G. LeBlanc

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Abstract: Vessel traffic management, or as the U.S. Coast Guard prefers to call it, “space management,” is designed to facilitate the safe flow of marine commerce. The management techniques involve a wide array of activities from the very simple, such as safety fairways, to the highly complex computer-assisted vessel traffic centers. This paper briefly examines the techniques utilized in vessel traffic management and includes a summary of measures applied both domestically and internationally. The primary focus is on existing vessel traffic services, which for purposes of this paper, are limited to manned vessel traffic centers providing vessel movement information to participants in the system. Two different types of systems are described, those within territorial jurisdiction of one or more nations and those beyond territorial jurisdiction. With the above as background, the status of existing Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) is re- viewed. This includes details on existing and planned systems within United States, the status of selected systems of particular international significance, and those international systems approved by the Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO).
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 27, Number 4
Pages: 245 - 253
Cite this article: Charter, D. B., Jr.,, LeBlanc, E. G., "VESSEL TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT - A STATUS REPORT", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 27, No. 4, Winter 1980-1981, pp. 245-253.
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