VTS Services

1. General information 
2. The Sochi VTS coverage area

3. The Sochi VTS services terms and conditions

4. Statistics

5. Contacts

 

     1. General information 

     The Sochi branch renders complex navigational services using port Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) in a seaport of Sochi to the vessels calling at seaport of Sochi or passing through the seaports’ water area. 

     The VTS of the port of Sochi meets all modern request and functions in order to improve maritime safety, efficiency of navigation, safety of life at sea, protection of the marine environment and the coast of the Black Sea in the waters of the seaport of Sochi and its approaches.

     The structure of the VTS of the port of Sochi includes:
       - the control center of the VTS of the port of Sochi;
       - radar post  No. 1 (hereinafter - RP No.1);
       - radar post No. 2 (hereinafter - RP No. 2).

     Using Sochi VTS, the branch carries out the following activities: 
       - control over the navigation and vessel location in the seaport of Sochi anchoring areas; 
       - transmission of navigational, current and other information; 

       - organization of the movement of vessels;
       - navigation assistance.

     According to the results of the survey conducted by Rosmorrechflot, Sochi Branch received a certificate  No. VTS-3 / 1.2625.2012 dated 23.08.2012 on compliance of VTS of the port of Sochi with technical and operational requirements number MF-02-22 / 848-70 and IMO Resolution A.857 (20) imposed on the first category of the VTS.

     According to the examination of the Federal Service for Supervision of Transport, the Sochi branch has acquired the Certificate dated 23.10.2009 № VTS-3/1-2384-2009 on the Sochi VTS compliance with the operational requirements № MF-02-22/848-70 and the IMO А.857(20) Resolution requirements to the second-grade category VTS. 
     The Sochi VTS operates 24 hours. 
     The operating personnel of the Sochi VTS consist of 10 professionals certificated in accordance to the IALA V-103 Recommendations. 


  Схема района действия СУДС морского порта Сочи    2. The Sochi VTS coverage area 

     The Sochi VTS coverage area boundaries are set in the Compulsory Resolutions for the Sochi seaport approved by Ministry of Transport order No. 250 dated 21.09.2011
     The Sochi VTS area includes the water area limited by a radial arc with a 5,3 nautical miles radius and a center in a point Lat.=43º34,9´ N, Long.=39º43,2´ E (marine station) and by radiuses drawn from the same point in directions 151° and 295°. It also includes an internal harbor of the seaport of Sochi. 
     The Sochi VTS coverage area is provided with a VHF connection with vessels and a radio-locating control. The VTS area is fully covered by the Automatic Identification System area. 

     3. The Sochi VTS services terms and conditions 

     The navigation services using VTS of the port of Sochi are provided by Sochi branch in accordance with resolution of International Maritime Organization A.857 (20), General Rules of navigation and anchorage in the Russian Federation seaports and on the approaches to them, approved by order of the Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation No. 140 dated 20.08.2009 and Compulsory regulations in the sea port of Sochi, approved by order of the Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation No. 250 dated 21.09.2011

     All ships and vessels equipped with radio communications of the maritime mobile service, regardless of their departmental affiliation and forms of ownership, which are in the area of ​​the VTS of the port of Sochi, must comply with the rules of navigation in the area of ​​the VTS of the port of Sochi.

 

     Providing ships with navigational, operational and other information is executed by VTS of the port of Sochi at the request of a vessel or on the orders of the captain of the seaport of Sochi, when changes in navigation conditions take place or are planned, upon receipt of a storm warning, which may affect the safety of navigation in the VTS of the port of Sochi port’s coverage area.

 

     Assistance in navigation (navigation assistance) is provided to a vessel at the request of the vessel or by the decision of the operator of the VTS of the port of Sochi primarily in complex meteorological conditions, in case of incapacitation or absence of onboard instruments to ensure safe movement of the vessel in the navigation environment. In assisting in navigation VTS of the port of Sochi errors automatic tracking of targets are as follows:

       • for bearing: ± 0,5º;
       • for distance: 25 m;
       • for course: ± 1,3º;
       • for speed: ± 0,13 knots.

 

     The procedure and method to assist in navigation, including messaging interval, is agreed with the vessel. Beginning and end of the assistance in navigation must be confirmed by both parties. In assisting in navigation, vessel must acknowledge receipt information and advice from the VTS of the port of Sochi and report on actions taken.

     Regulation of vessel traffic is performed by VTS of the port of Sochi by sending ships recommendations for:

       - sequence and the start time of the movement;
       - route, interval and speed of movement;
       - the order of passing ships fairways and intersections;
       - a ban on the further movement;
       - anchorage or shelter;
       - actions to prevent immediate danger.
      Information transmitted from VTS of the port of Sochi to vessel includes particulars of:
       - state aids to navigation;
       - hydro meteorological conditions;
       - state of navigation and the factors that hinder the movement of vessels (if any);
       - changes in the traffic mode (if available);
       - modes of operation of the VTS of the port of Sochi .

 

     In the VTS of the port of Sochi coverage area established permissive procedure for the movement of vessels. Entrance / exit of vessels into/from the seaports of Sochi VTS are carried out only after obtaining a permission of VTS of the port of Sochi operator.

     The vessel, proceeding to the seaport of Sochi, is required to establish radio communication with VTS of the port of Sochi operator on channel 14 VHF (call sign “Sochi Traffic Control”) one hour prior to the entrance to the area of port of Sochi VTS.
      When entering VTS of the port of Sochi coverage area, vessel transfers to VTS of the port of Sochi following information:

       - IMO number;
       - vessel name and type;
       - MMSI;
       - vessel flag;
       - destination port;
       - maximal actual vessel draught;
       - cargo type and amount, presence of hazardous cargo and class of hazard;
       - number of crew members and passengers at vessel;
       - occurrence of vessel technical troubles and other limitations, which influence the safety of navigation;
       - other information upon request of Sochi Port VTS operator.

 

     Any vessel located in VTS of the port of Sochi coverage area, intending to depart from the dock at the seaport, exercise constriction along the pier or weigh anchor, must obtain a permit for its activities from VTS of the port of Sochi operator at least 5 minutes before the start of their actions.

     Resolution is canceled and must be requested again, if within 5 minutes from the moment of connection with VTS of the port of Sochi operator the ship does not start allowed actions.

 

     The main interface between VTS of the port of Sochi and vessels serviced by it is radio communication in the range of VHF maritime mobile service.

 

     VHF channels of radio communication and radio call sign of subscribers used to ensure safety of navigation in VTS of the port of Sochi coverage area

 

Name of the service

VHF channel

Call sign

Telephone

 Working

 Reserve

VTS of the port of Sochi of the FSUE “Rosmorport” Sochi Branch

14

11

Sochi-Traffic -Control

+7 (8622) 62-16-23
(within 24 hours)

Port state control inspection of the FGBI “AMP Black Sea” branch in the seaport of Sochi

09

16,74

Sochi-5

+7 (8622) 62-07-04

Port state control inspection at the mouth of the river Mzymta of the  FGBI “AMP Black Sea” branch in the seaport of Sochi

17

Sochi-7

+7 (8622) 33-27-13


     Communication with VTS of the port of Sochi in the seaport is carried on the working VHF channel 14, call sign “Sochi-Traffic-Control”.

     Radiowatch must be held continuously from the date of permission request for the movement and until the end of the movement or exit from VTS of the port of Sochi coverage area.
     Break of communications is permitted only by VTS of the port of Sochi operator after the end of the movement (anchorage or berth) or after leaving VTS of the port of Sochi coverage area.

 

     Maintaining radio communications not related to safety of navigation on channels 9, 11, 14, 16, 17, 65, 68, 74 VHF in the seaport of Sochi is not allowed.
     The communication between VTS of the port of Sochi and the vessels is performed in accordance with the Rules of the radio communication maritime mobile service and the maritime mobile satellite service of the Russian Federation, approved by the Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation Order No. 137 dated 04.11.2000. For the radio communication with the vessels used English with the IMO “Standard phrases for Marine radio “, approved by Resolution A.918 (22). Sending messages from vessels in VTS of the port of Sochi and the message format should, where possible, meet the IMO Resolution A.851 (20) “General Principles for Vessel Reporting Systems and Vessel Reporting Requirements”.

 

     For providing navigation services with use VTS of the port of Sochi navigation charges are incurred. Information on the rates of navigation fees and the procedure for their collection can be found in section “Port Charges and Tariffs of the Sochi Branch”.


     4. Statistics 


     Number of ships in the VTS coverage area of the Sochi Seaport

 

Year

Total number of vessels
in the VTS coverage area
of the Sochi Seaport

Including vessels making port calls/exits to/from Sochi Seaport

2009

18 654

18 591

2010

21 809

21 734

2011

26 192

26 087

2012

24 789

24 576

2013

22 641

22 394

2014

25 633

25 503

2015

53 313

53 167

2016

73 780

73 652

2017  114 977 114 813 


     5. Contacts 

     Any additional reference information about the Sochi VTS services provided by the Sochi branch can be obtained by telephone:

     +7 (8622) 62-16-23 (round-the-clock) 

     or by sending a request by fax: +7 (8622) 66-98-07 or by e-mail: vts@soc.rosmorport.ru


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