The purpose of the VTS Supervisor Training Course is to meet the requirements for qualified VTS personnel to obtain an endorsement as a VTS Supervisor capable, subject to obtaining satisfactory On-the-Job Training, of supervising and managing an Information, Navigation Assistance or Traffic Organisation service. The demonstration of a high level of responsibility, watchfulness and precision characterise a competent VTS Supervisor. The V-103/2 VTS Supervisor course is aimed at stimulating these qualities.
On successful completion of the course and assessments, the participants should have been presented with sufficient training and to carry out with competence the duties of a VTS Supervisor at a VTS centre. In particular they should be fully conversant with the administrative functions of a VTS and the methods of responding to emergency situations as well as the principles of Vessel Traffic Services, the services that a VTS centre can provide to shipping and the resources and means of providing those services.
The complete course comprises six modules, each of which deals with a specific subject representing a requirement or function of a VTS Supervisor, followed by simulated exercises intended to be representative of events and incidents likely to be experienced in a VTS centre.
The six modules are as follows:
- Module 1: Advanced Traffic Management
- Module 2: VTS Equipment
- Module 3: Additional Personal Attributes
- Module 4: Responding to Emergency Situations
- Module 5: Administrative Functions
- Module 6: Legal Knowledge