This document has been approved by the Council 72 in principle for issue on adoption of the new IMO Resolution which will supersede A.857(20).
G1089 describes the principles and general provisions for the operation of a VTS and participating ships, the roles and responsibilities of Contracting Governments, competent authorities and VTS authorities, and qualifications and training of VTS Operators.
Since the adoption of A.857(20) more than 20 years ago, various organizational, operational and technological developments have taken place globally in a rapidly changing maritime domain. This has rendered important parts of the resolution open to differing interpretation, resulting in debate amongst stakeholders and a reduced ability to implement the Guidelines for Vessel Traffic Services in a consistent and harmonized manner.
In drafting this revision, guiding principles were established. These were:
In summary, the document is prepared as an effective instrument that: