VTS Operator Training Course V-103/1


8-day course that covers the knowledge and practical competence required by a VTS operator. The course meets the requirements of IALA Model Course V-103/1.

VTS Training Overview

VTS training


  • Understand national and international regulations affecting the provision and conduct of vessel traffic services
  • Be familiar with the duties of an VTS operator
  • Know how to take action in order to increase safety
  • Be prepared for the On the Job Training - OJT

  • You will gain the basic skills and knowledge to proceed to on the job training that will enable the routine day to day duties of a VTS operator to be carried out in an efficient and safe manner
  • Effective and clear communication in English, using standardized marine vocabulary, needed both in routine and emergency situations
  • Learn how to be able to coordinate effectively with allied services, particularly search and rescue services
  • Learn how to analyze the connection between safe and efficient traffic movement
  • The differences between service levels: Information Service, Navigational Assistance Service and Traffic Organization Service

  • All our VTS instructors have extensive experience in providing VTS courses
  • Our VTS training has been accredited by the competent authority since 2005 and is waiting for a Nautical Institutes accreditation
  • We have provided VTS training for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) SAFEMED projects since 2015
  • The VTS simulator at Aboa Mare is userfriendly and it’s easy to learn how to operate the basic functions. This gives more time to focus on the relevant topics in the exercises.
  • We have participated in the renewal process for edition 2 of Model Course V-103/1
  • We have trained most of the VTS personnel in Finland that monitor the challenging archipelago and difficultly navigated fairways leading to the Finnish ports.
  • Many VTS teams from the Nordic countries and international non-European VTS teams have been trained by us.

At Aboa Mare Maritime Academy and Training Center, we use the latest state-of-the-art simulator equipment and pedagogical tools to provide an enhanced maritime training experience in a simulated environment, promoting teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making and confidence. We are specialized on simulation, ice navigation (Polar Code and azimuthing propulsion courses in ice) and IGF Code courses for LNG fueled ships. Aboa Mare’s first-rate simulators are also used for research, innovation, and development projects.

VTS Training Overview


Course code

VTS V-103/1

Course title

VTS Operator Training Course V-103/1

Student profile

Intended for persons aiming for a career as VTS operator

Course language



The VTS Operator Training Course is intended for seafarers with the minimum qualification of Watchkeeping Officer or equivalent. If participants do not fulfill the prerequisites, we can arrange the necessary training for them.

Training personnel

Experienced VTS instructors fulfilling the requirements by the competent authority.

Training method

Theory lessons and VTS simulator exercises

Course compliance

The course fulfils the recommendations of the IALA

Model Course V-103/1


VTS simulator


Knowledge, competences and skills are assessed through a written exam and through simulator exercises


Participants completing the course successfully will be issued a course certificate.


8 days

Individual course


Max/Min participants



Aboa Mare Training Center, Turku, Finland

Flag approval


Course recognition by flag state


Other approvals

Approved by the competent authority


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Aboa Mare

Juhana Herttuan puistokatu 21, 20100 Turku, Finland