VTS Supervisor Training Course V-103/2


10-day course that covers the knowledge and practical competence required by a VTS supervisor. The course meets the requirements of IALA Model Course V-103/2.

VTS Training Overview

VTS training


  • Understand how to keep the VTS system operational on a 24/7 basis
  • Be fully conversant with the administrative functions of a VTS
  • Know how to motivate and lead a VTS team
  • Be prepared for the VTS supervisor job

  • You will gain the basic skills and knowledge to be able to demonstrate a sense of responsibility, independence, willingness to cooperate with others and the ability to motivate and lead a VTS team
  • Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of international, national and local legislative requirements and regulations.
  • Participants will learn skills to identify and explain the malfunction or degradation in performance of equipment and to keep the system operational on a 24/7 basis.
  • Learn how to recognize when stressful situations are developing and have knowledge of the management techniques necessary to minimize the effect of such situations.
  • Learn how to assess, implement and contribute to the development of contingency plans relating to distress, emergencies and other special circumstances.

  • 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 train
  • ing 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-103/2

Course title

VTS Supervisor Training Course V-103/2

Student profile

Intended for persons aiming to lead a VTS team

Course language



The VTS Operator Training Course

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-103/2


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.


10 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

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