VTS Services

1. General information

2. VTS coverage areas

3. Terms and conditions of navigation VTS services 4. Statistics

5. Contacts


1. General information

     The FSUE “Rosmorport” North-West Basin Branch offers complex navigation services to vessels calling at the seaports of Big Port of Saint Petersburg, Vyborg, Vysotsk, Kaliningrad, Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg, Primorsk, and Ust-Luga or passing their water areas by transit, including but not limited to the direction of the Saimaan canal, and also to vessels located within the territorial waters of the Russian Federation in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland. Navigation services are rendered with the help of the Regional Vessel Traffic Service of the Eastern Part of the Gulf of Finland (further referred to as RVTS) and Port Vessel Traffic Service of Kaliningrad (further referred to as the Kaliningrad VTS), secured to the branch.
     RVTS was created and operates on the basis on informational integration and coordinated activities of the following vessels traffic services:
     - Saint Petersburg VTS;
     - port VTS of the seaport of Vysotsk (further referred to as Vysotsk VTS);
     - port VTS of the seaport of Primorsk (further referred to as Primorsk VTS);
     - port VTS of the seaport of Ust-Luga (further referred to as Ust-Luga VTS).

     Saint Petersburg VTS consists of:

          - VTS Center (Peterhof);

          - VTS subcenter (Saint Petersburg);

          - Raskat RTP;

          - Golova Nevskykh Vorot ((Head of the Nevsky Gate) RTP;

          - 41 Prichal (Berth 41) RTP;

          - Zadny stvorny znak (Rear range marker) RTP;

          - Strelna RTP;

          - Bronka RTP;

          - Kotlin RTP;

          - Karavaldai RTP;

          - Seskar RTP;

          - Sommers RTP;

          - Gogland RTP.

     Vysotsk VTS consists of:

          - VTS Center (port of Vysotsk);

          - ARTP (port of Vysotsk);

          - Bobrovy ARTP.

     Primorsk VTS consists of:

          - VTS Center (port of Primorsk);

          - Primorsk RTP;

          - Vyazy RTP.

     Ust-Luga VTS consists of:

          - VTS Center (port of  Ust-Luga);

          - Gorki ARTP;

          - Seskar ARTP;

          - Port ARTP.

     Kaliningrad VTS consists of:

          - VTS Center (Baltiysk);

          - ARTP No. 1 (Baltic Spit);

          - ARTP No. 2 (Izhevsky turn of the Kaliningrad Marine Canal);

          - ARTP No. 3 (Rybachy point);

          - ARTP No. 4 (Sinyavino village).
     RVTS and the Kaliningrad VTS were created for the purpose of increasing navigation safety and navigation efficiency, safety of life at sea, protection of sea and coastal environment from pollution, protection of te coastal structures in the coverage areas of the certain vessel traffic services.

     Saint Petersburg VTS center enables operation of the Russian part of Gulf of Finland Reporting  system (GOFREP) organized according to Memorandum on mutual understanding between the ministries of transport of the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Finland, and Russian Federation on further strengthening of cooperation aiming at increasing navigation safety in the Gulf of Finland.

     The following navigation services are rendered with the help of the VTS secured to the North-West Basin:
     - locating vessels in the approaches to the VTS coverage areas, establishing connections with them, receiving information on the vessels;
     - transmission to vessels of navigation, current, and other information upon the initiative of the VTS operators, or by request of the vessels;
     - navigation assistance;
     - navigation arrangement, including planning and establishing of the vessel traffic schedules in the VTS coverage areas in the seaport of Big Port of Saint-Petersburg, Vyborg, Vysotsk, Kaliningrad, Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg, Primorsk, and Ust-Luga;
     - control over navigation and vessels location at anchoring berths and at single point moorings.

     According to results of inspection by Federal Marine and River Transport Agency, the North-West Basin Branch received certificates on compliance of the VTS secured to it to the technical and operational requirements approved by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation Order No. 226 of 23.07.2015 and IMO А.857(20) Resolution:
     - certificate on compliance of the Saint Petersburg VTS to the requirements of high-grade category VTS No. VTS-3/1-3006-2016 of December 26, 2016;
     - certificate on compliance of the Vysotsk VTS to the requirements of first grade category VTS No. VTS-3/1-2848-2014 of June 02, 2014;
     - certificate on compliance of the Kaliningrad VTS to the requirements of high-grade category VTS No. 17.01218.315 of July 14, 2017;
     - certificate on compliance of the Primorsk VTS to the requirements of first grade category VTS No. VTS-3/1-2941-2015 of December 18, 2015;
     - certificate on compliance of the Ust-Luga VTS to the requirements of first grade category VTS No. VTS-3/1-2847-2014 of June 02, 2014

 

     In December 2015, after the inspection conducted by FAA “Russian Maritime Register of Shipping”, the North-Western Basin Branch received a certificate of compliance No. 15.095.327 of 15.12.2015, certifying that the quality management system North-West Basin Branch RVTS in respect of the transfer of services to vessels navigating, operational and other information, traffic organization and navigational assistance conforms to the requirements of ISO 9001: 2008.

     VTS that are used by the North-Western Basin Branch operate around the clock.

     The staff of the branch VTS consists of 93 operators. All North-West Basin Branch VTS operators are professionally trained and certified according to recommendations of IALA V-103.

     2. VTS coverage areas

 

     Saint Petersburg VTS Coverage Area

Схема зоны действия СУДС Санкт-Петербург     In accordance with Compulsory Regulations of the Big Port of Saint Petersburg seaport approved by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation Order No. 388 of December 19, 2016 and Compulsory Regulations of the Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg seaport approved by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation Order No. 380 of October 19, 2016, Saint Petersburg VTS Coverage Area borders are:

     a) waters of the part of the Gulf of Finland to the east from the 26°30,00' E meridian within the territorial sea of the Russian Federation, where the VTS coverage area embodies the established navigation routes of vessels, within the boundaries of a two-mile line from both sides of their axis, up to the boundaries of the coverage areas of the Primorsk, Vysotsk and Ust-Luga VTS, as well as anchorage stations and waiting areas located in the domestic sea waters and territorial sea of the Russian Federation in the Eastern part of the Gulf of Finland (if operating as Regional VTS);

     b) approaches to the seaport and water area of the Big Port of Saint-Petersburg to the east of the 29°12,30' E meridian and to the south from the 60°06,70' N parallel to the eastern border of the Big Port of Saint-Petersburg (if operating as Port VTS);

     c) the water area of the seaport Passenger port of Saint Petersburg (when working as a port VTS).

     The transitional border for vessels passing from the Saint-Petersburg VTS coverage area as Regional VTS to the Saint-Petersburg VTS coverage area as Port VTS and backwards is the 29°12,30' E meridian.

     The transitional border for vessels passing through the Saint Petersburg VTS area as the Regional VTS and the VTS of Vysotsk seaport is the water area of the Gulf of Finland limited with an arc of circle with the radius of 18.5 nautical miles (the water area of the seaports of Vyborg and Vysotsk, the waters of the Big and Small Tranzund raids) with the center at the point 60°35'47"N and 28°33'63" E and its radii drawn along the 210° and 250° directions.

     The transitional border for vessels passing through the Saint Petersburg VTS area as the Regional VTS and the VTS of Primorsk Seaport is the water area of the Bierkesund Strait to the south of the 60°25.00'N parallel and the Gulf of Finland, bounded by an arc of a circle with a radius of 16.5 nautical miles centered at coordinates 60°20'25"N and 28°43'23" E and its radii drawn along the 130° and 225° directions.

     The transitional border for vessels passing through the Saint Petersburg VTS area as the Regional VTS and the VTS of Ust-Luga Seaport is the water area of the Gulf of Finland between an arc of a circle with a radius of 18.5 nautical miles centered at the coordinates 59 ° 47'90 "N and 028 ° 29 ' 80 "E and its radii drawn along the 200° and 90° directions.


     The GOFREP system covers the international waters of the Gulf of Finland, the borders of which are defined in the resolution MSC.231(82), approved on December 5, 2006.



     Vysotsk VTS coverage area 

Схема зоны действия СУДС порта Высоцк     The Vysotsk VTS coverage area includes:
     - the Gulf of Finland water area limited by an arch of a circle with the center in 60º35'47"N latitude and 28º33'63" longitude, with the radius of 18.5 sea miles between the radii of 210˚ and 250˚ directions;

     - water areas of the seaports of Vyborg and Vysotsk;

     - water areas of the Big and Lesser Tranzundsky roads, bounded by a straight line connecting the points with coordinates: Latitude = 60°34'N Longitude 028°35,37'E, Latitude = 60°32,74'N Longitude = 028°18.64'E, followed by a straight line to a point with coordinates: Latitude = 60°36,83'N Longitude = 028°25,95'E, then the coastline east of the island stern to the point with coordinates: Latitude = 60°37.07'N Longitude = 028°26,15'E, followed by straight lines through the point with coordinates: Latitude = 60°38'N Longitude = 028°29'E to the point with coordinates: Latitude = 60°38'N Longitude = 028°31,1'Е

     In shadow zones of radar observation:

     - in the area of the Vyborg sea channel from the point with coordinates: Latitude = 60°37,45'N Longitude = 028°33,39'E (Pinkel light) to the point with coordinates: Latitude = 60°38,43'N Longitude = 028°35,01'E (Ityapalu sign);

     - on Saimaa fairway from the point with coordinates: Latitude = 60°43,77'N Longitude = 028°40,66'E (Gvardeisky island) To the point with coordinates: Latitude = 60°48,47'N Longitude = 028°44,22'E (Brusnichnoe gateway);

     - on the recommended path to the remote marine terminal located at Putevoy Cape, from the point with coordinates: Latitude = 60°29,32'N Longitude = 028°34,48'E to the point with coordinates: W = 60°32,6'N Longitude = 028°37,77'E and remote waters of the marine terminal located at Putevoy Cape, VTS of the port of Vysotsk performs its functions using only the data from the Automatic Identification System.


Kaliningrad VTS scheme     Kaliningrad VTS coverage area

     The Kaliningrad VTS coverage area includes:
     • outer harbor near the Baltiysk terminal in the sector of a circle with a 7-mile radius and a center in the northern sign of the Sea canal gates;
     • the Kaliningrad sea canal, from entering malls till survey mark № 350;
     • Kaliningrad Bay.

Схема зоны действия СУДС порта Приморск     Primorsk VTS coverage area 

     Primorsk VTS coverage area includes:

     - water area of the Bjorkezund straits to the south from the 60°25' parallel of northern latitude;

     - water area of the Gulf of Finland limited by a circle with the center in 60°20,25'N latitude and 028°43,23'E longitude, and the radius of 16,5 miles between the radii of 130° and 225° directions.

Схема зоны действия СУДС порта Усть-Луга     Ust-Luga VTS coverage area
 

      VTS of the port of Ust-Luga coverage area includes water area of the Gulf of Finland between the circular arc with radius of 18.5 nautical miles centered at coordinates: Latitude = 59º47,90'N Longitude = 028º29,80' E, and its radius drawn in directions 200º and 90º, bounded on the north by the boundary of the Coastal VTS area.

 

     Coverage areas of all VTS of the North-Western Basin Branch have the necessary equipment to maintan VHF radio communication with vessels and radar control. Working areas of AIS base stations completely cover the respective VTS area.

     Detection and guaranteed sustainable support of vessels with effective reflective surface of 100 sq.m. and more is provided in RVTS and VTS of the port of Kaliningrad coverage areas, and reliable FM (VHF) radio communication with ships and radar control are guaranteed. The working area of ​​coast stations of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) completely covers the RVTS and VTS of the port of Kaliningrad coverage areas.


     3. Terms and conditions of navigation VTS services

     Terms and conditions of navigation VTS services with the use of Saint Petersburg VTS

     Navigation VTS services with the use of Saint Petersburg VTS are rendered by the North-West Basin Branch according to the requirements of the IMO Resolution А.857(20), Common Rules of Navigation and Mooring in the Seaports of the Russian Federation and their approaches, approved by Ministry of Transport order No. 140 of August 20, 2009, Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Big Port of Saint Petersburg that have been approved by Order No. 388 of December 19, 2016 issued by the Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation, and the Compulsory Regulations in the Passenger port of Big Port of Saint Petersburg that have been approved by Order No. 380 of October 19, 2012 issued by the Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation.

     Authorization-based procedure of navigation is established in the Saint-Petersburg VTS coverage area.

     Vessels entering the St Petersburg VTS area from the west (in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland) establish connection with St. Petersburg VTS:

         a) on VHF Channel 74 (round-the-clock) from the meridian 26°30,00'E to the meridian 28°00,00'E (call sign Petersburg Traffic);

         b) on VHF Channel 10 (round-the-clock) from the meridian 28°00,00'E to the  meridian 29°12,30'E (call sign Petersburg Traffic).

     Vessels calling at the seaport of Big Port St Petersburg or Passenger Port St Petersburg from the east by crossing the meridian 29°12,30'E obtain permit from St. Petersburg VTS to stop radio watch on VHF Channel 10 and maintain contact with St. Petersburg VTS on VHF Channel 12 (call sign Petersburg-Radio-9).

     Vessels calling at the seaport of Big Port St Petersburg or the Passenger Port St Petersburg from eastward maintain contact with St. Petersburg VTS on VHF Channel 9 (Petersburg-Radio-9 Call) and are on standby on VHF Channel 9 and on one of the working channels – Channel 12 and Channel 73 or VHF Channel 13 on the instruction of VTMS.

     Vessels leaving the seaport of Big Port St Petersburg and the Passenger Port St Petersburg obtain permit from St. Petersburg VTS to stop radio contact on VHF Channel 12 and maintain contact with St. Petersburg VTS on VHF Channel 10 (call sign Petersburg Traffic) when crossing the meridian 29°12,30'E.

     Vessels entering the Saint-Petersburg VTS coverage area must report the following information:
     - IMO number;
     - type, name of the vessel;

     - number of the vessel given by the maritime mobile service;
     - flag country;
     - destination port;
     - maximum draft;
     - type and amount of cargo, class of hazard; 
     - number of crew members and passengers aboard the vessel;
     - presence of technical faults and other limitations which influence navigation safety.

     Navigation, current, and other information is transmitted to vessels by the Saint Petersburg VTS on vessel's request or on VTS initiative in cases when navigation situation can change, or other things can influence navigation safety in the Saint Petersburg VTS coverage area. Transmission of especially important information can be preceded by a common announcement.

     Navigation assistance is rendered to vessels by request, or by decision of the Saint Petersburg VTS. During navigation assistance the Saint Petersburg VTS provides target autotracking mean-square error of no more than:
     • 0,3º for bearing;
     • 0,3% for distance;
     • 2° for course;
     • 0,5 knots for speed.

     Procedure and method of navigation assistance, including interval of messages is discussed with the vessel. Start and finish of navigation assistance must be approved by both parties. During navigation assistance the vessel must confirm receipt of information and recommendations from the Sain -Petersburg VTS and report its current actions to the Saint Petersburg VTS.

     - on fairway No. 1 from Saint Petersburg entrance buoy No. 1 to the axial luminous buoy of Kronshtadt ship canal and at Kronshtadt ship canal from mid-channel luminous buoy of the Kronshtadt ship canal to buoys No. 23 and No. 24 of the Saint Petersburg sea canal;

     - at the Saint Petersburg sea canal from buoys No. 23 and No. 24 to buoys No. 37 and No. 38A;

     - on Petrovsky canal from Saint-Petersburg sea canal to buoys No. 15 and No. 16;

     - on fairway No. 11 from Petrovsky canal to Saint Petersburg sea canal;

     - on Ship canal from intersection with Petrovsky canal with buoys No. 11 and No. 12;

     - on Western Kronshtadt canal;

     - on Northern Kronshtadt canal from shipping passage S-2 to the Saint Petersburg sea channel;

     - on Lomonosovsky canal.

 

     Organization and control of the vessel traffic of the Saint Petersburg VTS is provided only with the use of the automatic identification system:

     - from buoys No. 15 and No. 16 of Petrovsky channel to Tuchkova bridge;

     - on the approach channel to the harbor of the Litke Base;

     - on the Bolshaya Neva river from southern tip of the berth of the Baltic plant No. 6 to the Blagoveshchensky Bridge;

     - on Northern Kronstadt channel from the Saint Petersburg receiving axial luminous buoy No. 2 to shipping passage S-2.

 

     Communication with the vessels in the Saint Petersburg VTS coverage area is carried out round-the-clock on the VHF channels of communication.

 

Information of the channels of communication of very high frequency used in the Saint Petersburg VTS

 

Subscriber VHF channels Call sign
Calling Working Reserve
Saint Petersburg VTS of the FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch 9 9; 13 67 Petersburg – radio-17
12; 9; 16 12; 73; 13 67; 30 Petersburg – radio-19
10; 74 10; 74 10; 74 Petersburg - Traffic

Captain Service of the seaport of the Big Port of Saint Petersburg

FGBI “AMP Baltic Sea”
9 9 67 Petersburg – radio-5

 

     Vessels in motion as well as standing on anchorage and berths in the seaports of the Big Port of Saint Petersburg and the Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg must maintain a continuous radio watch on VHF channel 9 and in mode of digital selective call (hereinafter - DSC) on VHF channel 70.

     Using VHF channels for communication between coast correspondents is not permitted.

     Communication between VTS and vessels must be carried out in accordance with “Rules of the Radio Communication of Marine-Mobile Service”. English is used in terms of “IMO Standard Phrases for Communication at Sea” for voice radio communication with the crew of a foreign vessel. Sending messages from vessels to VTS and the message format must, where possible, meet the Resolution IMO A.851 (20) “General Concepts of Ship Reporting Systems and Ship Reporting Requirements”.

 

     Necessary information for vessels owners and other users entering Saint Petersburg VTS coverage area and performance requirements of VTS in a standardized form is also available at the information map of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defence GUNiO No. 92600, published in the “Notices to Mariners”.
    

     Navigation dues are charged for navigation services rendered by the North-Western Basin Branch with the help of Saint Petersburg VTS to vessels performing port calls at the seaports of the Big Port of Saint Petersburg, Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg and Primorsk, and also passing through their water areas by transit. Information on navigation dues rates and the charging procedure is available in the section “Harbor Dues and Tariffs of the North-Western Basin Branch”.
   

СУДС Санкт-Петербург Операторы СУДС Санкт-Петербург

 

    Terms and conditions of VTS services with the use of Vysotsk VTS


     Navigation services with the use of Vysotsk VTS are rendered by Vyborg-Vysotsk Diractorate of the North-Western Basin Branch in accordance with the requirements of Resolution IMO A.857(20), the General Rules for the Navigation and Mooring of Vessels in the Seaports of the Russian Federation and on the Approaches toward them that have been approved by the Order No. 140 of August 20, 2009 issued by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Vysotsk that have been approved by the Order No. 161 of May 05, 2015 issued by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation and the Compulsory Regulations in the Vysotsk Seaport that have been approved by Order No. 432 of December 13, 2012 issued by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation.
     All ships and vessels remaining in the Vysotsk VTS coverage area regardless of their ownership must meet the requirements of the Vysotsk VTS.


     Authorization-based procedure of navigation is established in the Vysotsk VTS coverage area.

     A vessel moving to the seaports of Vysotsk and Vyborg, and to the Saimaan canal from seaward by Vessels Movement Separation Scheme No. 5 on the approaches toward the Bay of Vyborg by crossing the circle of longitude 60 degrees 23.9 minutes North and a vessel moving from the Republic of Finland along the longitudinal pilot’s fairway by crossing the circle of latitude 028 degrees 00.6 minutes East get permission to cease radio contacts on VHF Channel 74 from the Sain Petersburg VTS, make contact with the port of Vysotsk VTS on VHF Channel 9 and ask permission to enter into the port of Vysotsk VTS coverage area.

     A vessel leaving the seaports of Vysotsk and Vyborg from seaward by Vessels Movement Separation Scheme No 5 on the approaches toward the Bay of Vyborg by crossing the circle of longitude 60 degrees 23.9 minutes North and vessels moving from the Republic of Finland along the longitudinal pilot’s fairway by crossing the circle of latitude 028 degrees 00.6 minutes East should get permission of the Saint Petersburg VTS to cease radio contacts on VHF Channel 9 and make contact with the port of Vysotsk VTS on VHF Channel 74 with the “Petersburg-Traffic” call.

 

     Before entering the Vysotsk VTS coverage area, or exiting the seaports in the Vysotsk VTS coverage area, vessels must report the following information by request of the VTS operator:
     - IMO number;
     - type, name of the vessel;

     - number of the vessel given by the maritime mobile service;
     - flag country;
     - agent organization, its legal address;
     - port of the last port call, or destination port (area);
     - maximum dimensions, draft forward and stem draft in plain water;
     - type and amount of cargo, class of hazard;
     - number of crew members and passengers;
     - presence of technical faults and other limitations which influence navigation safety.

     Navigation, current, and other information is transmitted to vessels by the Vysotsk VTS on vessel's request or on the VTS initiative in cases when navigation situation changes upon storm warning that can affect navigation safety in the VTS area. In particular, in accordance with the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Vysotsk storm warnings (information on unfavorable hydro meteorological conditions) are transmitted immediately to vessels riding at the anchor or moving in the port water area on VHF Channel 9. Crucial information may be preceded by a general statement.

     Vessels movement is regulated by the port of Vysotsk VTS by giving recommendations to vessels related to

     - movement sequence and the time of beginning movement;

     - route, interval and speed of movement;

     - order of passing through fairways and crossing them;

     - ban on further movement;

     - anchor grounds and shelters;

     - actions to prevent direct danger.

     Vessels movement in the Vyborg and Vysotsk seaports waters and operations on vessels mooring and unmooring is controlled by the port of Vysotsk VTS in compliance with the daily movement schedule and vessel arrangements in the Vyborg and Vysotsk seaports are approved by captains of the respective seaports.

     In accordance with the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Vysotsk vessels navigating on the approaches toward the seaport of Vysotsk and in the seaport of Vysotsk waters transmit the following information to the Vysotsk VTS on VHF Channel 9:

     - on mooring and unmooring;

     - on beginning and finishing movement of vessel;

     - on embarking and debarking a pilot;

     - on the way of the Lotsmansky luminous mid-channel buoy, the southern way toward the internal Vysotsk road, the southernmost tip of Zaovrazhensky Island;

     - on vessel draft;

     - on the expected time of approaching the seaport’s berths and anchorages.

     In accordance with the Compulsory Regulations in the Seaport of Vyborg , vessels remaining in the Vyborg seaport, in their turn, must inform the Vysotsk VTS on VHF Channel 12 about

     - beginning and ending pilotage;

     - beginning movement while heaving up, unmooring from a berth;

     - anchoring, mooring;

     - passing beam line of the Khallikivi night mark and the left-side Ityapalu luminous buoy.

     If the movement of vessel in the water area of the seaport of Vyborg water has not started within 20 minutes, permission to start movement must be re-requested from the Vysotsk VTS operator.

     Aid to marine navigation (navigation support) is rendered to a vessel at the request of a vessel or by the Vysotsk VTS operator's decision primarily in the difficult hydro meteorological conditions due to the incapacitation or the absence of navigational devices aboard a vessel that ensure navigation safety in the navigational situation. By providing support for pilotage Vysotsk VTS ensures standard deviation of target autofollowing control no more:
     • 0,3º for bearing;
     • 0,3% for distance;
     • 2° for course;
     • 0,5 knots for speed.
     Procedure and method of navigation assistance, including interval of messages, is coordinated with the vessel. Beginning and end of navigation assistance must be approved by both parties. During navigation assistance the vessel must confirm receipt of information and recommendations from the Vysotsk VTS and report its current actions to the Vysotsk VTS.


     Vessels navigating in the Vysotsk VTS coverage area must keep constant radio watch on UHF channels 69 and 12.

     Communication between vessels and Vysotsk VTS, as well as constant radio watch in the Vysotsk VTS coverage area, are carried out around the clock:

     in the seaport of Vyborg

     - on 12 and 69 VHF channels, call sign “Vysotsk-Traffic”.

     in the seaport of Vysotsk

     - on 9 and 12 VHF channels, call sign “Vysotsk-Traffic”.

 

Information about the communication channels of very high frequency used in the Vysotsk VTS coverage area

 

Subscriber VHF channels Call sign
calling channel working channel reserve channel
Vysotsk VTS of the FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch (seaport of Vysotsk) 9 9 12 Vysotsk - Traffic
Vysotsk VTS of the FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch (seaport of Vysotsk) 69 69 12
Saint Petersburg VTS of the FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch 10; 74 10; 74 10; 74 Petersburg - Traffic
Central Service Post of the Captain of the seaport of Vysotsk FGBI “AMP Baltic Sea” 12 12 68 Vyborg – radio-5

 

     Communication not related to navigation safety, as well as using communication channels for communication between coast correspondents on the abovementioned channels of VHF in the seaports of Vyborg and Vysotsk is not allowed.

     Information about the additional means of communication for the transmission of information, including phone numbers, is announced by the captains of the seaports Vyborg and Vysotsk.

     Communication between the Vysotsk VTS and the vessels must be carried out in accordance with the "Rules of the maritime mobile radio service." English is used in terms of "IMO Standard phrases for communication at sea" for voice radio contact with the crew of a foreign vessel. Sending messages from vessels to the VTS and the message format should, when possible, meet the Resolution IMO A.851(20) "General Principles for Vessel Reporting Systems and Vessel Reporting Requirements”.

     Navigation dues are charged for navigation services rendered by the Vyborg-Vysotsk Directorate of the North-West Basin Branch with the help of the Vysotsk VTS to vessels performing port calls to the seaports of Vyborg and Vysotsk, or passing through their water areas, and also crossing the Saimaan canal. Information on navigation dues rates in the seaports of Vyborg and Vysotsk and the charging procedure is available in the section “Harbor Dues and Tariffs of the North-Western Basin Branch”.

 

Операторы СУДС порта Высоцк СУДС порта Высоцк


     Terms and conditions of VTS services with the use of the Kaliningrad VTS 

     Navigation services with the use of the VTS of the port of Kaliningrad are rendered by the Kaliningrad Directorate of the North-Western Basin Branch in accordance with Resolution IMO A.857 (20) of the General Rules of navigation and mooring in the seaports of the Russian Federation and the approaches to them, approved by order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No.140 of 20.08.2009 and Compulsory regulations in the seaport of Kaliningrad, approved by Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation Order No. 335 of 11.05.2013.

     All ships and vessels within VTS of the port of Kaliningrad coverage area, regardless of their departmental affiliation and forms of ownership, must meet the requirements of VTS of the port of Kaliningrad.

    Authorization-based procedure of navigation and mooring of vessels is established in the waters of the seaport of Kaliningrad in accordance with the schedule of arrangement and movement of vessels in the seaport, which is approved in the manner prescribed by Compulsory regulations in the seaport of Kaliningrad.

 

     Movement of vessels in the waters of the sea port of Kaliningrad and carrying out operations on the formulation of ships anchored and the removal of the anchor is adjusted in accordance with the schedule of arrangement and traffic of the VTS of the port of Kaliningrad. Vessel must request permission of the VTS of the port of Kaliningrad prior to the start of movement.

     Vessels proceeding to the terminals of the seaport of Kaliningrad from the sea and from the Vistula Lagoon, entering the Kaliningrad VTS coverage area, must contact VTS of the port of Kaliningrad and provide information about the vessel, in accordance with the General rules of navigation and mooring in the seaports of Russian Federation and on approaches to them:
     - IMO number;
     - type, name of the vessel;

     - number of the vessel given by the maritime mobile service;
     - flag country;
     - agent organization, its legal address;
     - port of the last port call, or destination port (area);
     - maximum dimensions, draft forward and stem draft in plain water;
     - type and amount of cargo, class of hazard;
     - number of crew members and passengers;
     - presence of technical faults and other limitations which influence navigation safety.

 

     Navigation, current and other information is transmitted to vessels and Vessels Traffic Regulatory and Control Post by the Kaliningrad VTS according to the announced schedule, by vessel request, or by initiative of the Kaliningrad VTS in cases, or other things can influence navigation safety in the Kaliningrad VTS coverage area. Transmission of especially important information can be preceded by a common announcement.

     Assistance in navigation (navigation assistance) is provided at the request of the vessel or by the decision of the VTS of the port of Kaliningrad primarily in complex meteorological conditions, in case of failure or absence of onboard instruments to ensure safe movement of the ship in the navigation environment. When assisting in navigation, VTS of the port of Kaliningrad ensures standard deviation (SD) of auto-tracking purposes not exceeding:
     • 0,2º for bearing;
     • 0,3% for distance;
     • 0,9° for course;
     • 0,5 knots for speed.

     Assistance in navigation is provided at F-35 fairway and at the section of the Kaliningrad Sea Canal from entrance pierheads (picket No. 27a) to beam line of the road service post tower (picket No. 10a) at the request of the vessel or at the initiative of the Kaliningrad VTS. Procedure and method of aiding in navigation, including interval of messages transmission, are agreed upon with the vessel. Start and completion of aiding in navigation shall be confirmed by both parties. When receiving assistance in navigation, vessel must confirm receiving of information and recommendations from the VTS of port of Kaliningrad and report to the Kaliningrad VTS on the actions taken.

     The main means of communication between the Kaliningrad VTS and the vessels is VHF radio and telephone communication of mobile marine service. Vessels in the Coastal VTS coverage area shall keep constant radio watch on the Coastal VTS working channels:
     • 74 – main;
     • 69 – alternative;
     • 16 – emergency.

     Vessels under way, as well as standing on the anchorages are required to carry a constant radio watch on 67 or 74 VHF channels; vessels standing at berths of port cargo terminals – on 14 VHF channel.

     On the site of the Kaliningrad sea channel from the picket № 246 to the border of the sea port of Kaliningrad and the raid on the recommended ways of Kaliningrad Bay vessels must maintain contact with the VTS of the port of Kaliningrad on channel 74 VHF. On the site of the Kaliningrad sea channel from the picket № 246 to the two-tier bridge of Kaliningrad vessels must maintain contact with the captain of the seaport on channel 67 VHF.

 

Information about the communication channels of very high frequency used in the Kaliningrad VTS coverage area

 

Subscriber VHF channels Call sign
Kaliningrad VTS of the FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch 74, 16 (69 reserve) Baltiysk-Traffic
Traffic-control post of vessels of the city of Kaliningrad FGBI “AMP Baltic Sea” 67 Kaliningrad-Port-Control
Port state control in the city of Kaliningrad FGBI “AMP Baltic Sea” 14 Kaliningrad-5
Port state control in the town of Svetly FGBI “AMP Baltic Sea” 11 Svetly-49
Port state control in the town of Baltiysk FGBI “AMP Baltic Sea” 14 Baltiysk-5
Port state control in the town of Pionersky FGBI “AMP Baltic Sea” 11 Pionersky-49

 

     Communication not related to maritime safety is not allowed on 11, 14, 16, 67, 69 and 74 VHF channels in the seaport of Kaliningrad.


     The Kaliningrad VTS and the vessels must communicate according to the “Mobile Marine Service Radio Communication Rules”. Oral communication with a foreign vessel is performed in English according to “IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases”. Messages transmitted from vessels to the Kaliningrad VTS must, if possible, comply to the IMO Resolution А.851(20) “General Principles of Ship Reporting and Ship Reporting Requirements”.

     Navigation dues are charged for navigation services rendered by the Kaliningrad Department of the North-West Basin Branch with the help of the Kaliningrad VTS to vessels performing port calls to the seaport of Kaliningrad, and also passing through its water area by transit. Information on navigation dues rates and the charging procedure is available in the section “Harbor Dues and Tariffs of the North-Western Basin Branch”.
  


     Terms and conditions of navigation VTS services with the use of Primorsk VTS

 

     North-Western Basin Branch provides navigation services using the Primorsk VTS in accordance with IMO Resolution A.857(20), the General Rules of navigation and mooring vessels in the seaports of Russian Federation and on the approaches to them, approved by order No. 140 of 20.08.2009 of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation and Compulsory regulations in the seaport of Primorsk, approved by Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation Order No. 5 of 15.01.2013.


     Authorization-based procedure of vessel traffic is established in the area of operation of the VTS of Primorsk.
     Vessel entering the seaport VTS coverage area shall receive permission from the Saint Petersburg VTS to cease radio watch on VHF channel 10, call sign “Saint- Petersburg – Traffic”, and establish a connection with the VTS of the port of Primorsk on VHF channel 68, call sign “Primorsk – Traffic”.  At the request of the VTS of the port of Primorsk operator, vessels shall transmit the following information:

     - IMO number;
     - type, name of the vessel;
     - flag country;
     - agent organization, its legal address;
     - port of the last port call;
     - maximum dimensions, draft forward and stem draft in plain water;
     - type and amount of cargo, class of hazard;
     - number of crew members and passengers;
     - presence of technical faults and other limitations which influence navigation safety,

    and receive permission from the Center of the Primorsk VTS to enter its coverage area.

     Before the start of the movement in the Primorsk VTS coverage area, vessel must request permission from the Primorsk VTS for the star of the movement. Information on the transmission of permission to start movement to the vessel is transferred by the Primorsk VTS to the captain of the seaport of Primorsk.

     Permission is canceled by the Primorsk VTS and the vessel shall request it again if within 30 minutes after receiving the permission from the Primorsk VTS the vessel does not start moving.

When leaving the Primorsk VTS coverage area, vessels receive permission from the Primorsk VTS on the cessation of radio watch on VHF channel 68, call sign “Primorsk – Traffic” and establish a connection with the Saint Petersburg VTS on VHF channel 10, call sign “Petersburg – Traffic”.

 

     Communication of navigational, operational and other information to vessels is performed by the Primorsk VTS at the request of the vessel or on the initiative of the Primorsk VTS in cases where there are or are planned changes in navigation conditions, and other factors that affect or could affect the safety of navigation in the area of the VTS of the port of Primorsk. Sending critical information may be preceded by a general announcement.


     Navigation assistance is rendered to all vessels with hazardous cargo, and by request to other vessels, or by decision of the Primorsk VTS. During navigation assistance the Primorsk VTS provides target autotracking mean-square error of no more than:
     • 0,3º for bearing;
     • 0,5% for distance;
     • 1,4° for course;
     • 0,5 knots for speed.

     Procedure and method of navigation assistance, including interval between messages transmission, are agreed upon with the vessel. Beginning and end of a navigational aid must be confirmed by both parties. When receiving assistance in navigation ship shall acknowledge receipt of the Primorsk VTS information and recommendations and report to the Primorsk VTS on the actions being taken.

 

  Vessels located in the Primorsk VTS coverage area shall keep constant radio watch on VHF 16 and 68 communication channels.

 

Information of the channels of communication of very high frequency used in the seaport of Primorsk

 

Subscriber VHF Channels Call sign
working reserve
Primorsk VTS of the FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch 68 9 Primorsk - Traffic
Saint PetersburgVTS of the FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch 10; 74 10; 74 Petersburg - Traffic

State Port Control Service in the seaport

FGBI “AMP Baltic Sea”
9 67 Primorsk - Portcontrol

 

     Navigating in the Primorsk VTS coverage area in the absence of communication between the vessel and the VTS is not allowed.


     Radio communication between the Primorsk VTS operators and vessels must be performed in accordance with the Rules on Radio Communication of Mobile Marine Service. Communication with foreign vessel crews is performed in English according to “IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases”. Messages transmitted from vessels to the VTS of the port of Primorsk must, if possible, comply with the IMO Resolution А.851(20) “General Principles of Ship Reporting and Ship Reporting Requirements”.

     Navigation dues are charged for navigation services rendered by the North-West Basin Branch with the help of the Primorsk VTS to vessels performing port calls to the seaport of Primorsk, and also passing through its water area by transit. Information on navigation dues rates and the charging procedure is available in the section “Harbor Dues and Tariffs of the North-Western Basin Branch”

 

СУДС порта Приморск СУДС порта Приморск


     Terms and conditions of navigation VTS services with the use of the Ust-Luga VTS

     Navigation services using the VTS of the port of Ust-Luga are rendered by Ust-Luga Department of the North-Western Basin Branch according to the requirements of the IMO Resolution А.857(20), General Rules of Navigation and Mooring in the Seaports of the Russian Federation and on approaches to them approved by Ministry of Transport Order No. 140 of 20.08.2009, and Compulsory Regulations in seaport Ust-Luga approved by Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation Order No. 6 of 15.01.2013.

 

An approval-based system of the navigation is available in the VTS of the port of Ust-Luga coverage area. Masters of the vessels heading from the sea towards the Ust-Luga VTS coverage area must make contact with the VTS on the VHF channel 76 an hour before entering, the call sign is “Ust-Luga-Traffic”. An approval-based system of the navigation is available in the VTS of the port of Ust-Luga coverage area. Masters of the vessels heading from the sea towards the Ust-Luga VTS coverage area must make contact with the VTS on the VHF channel 76 an hour before entering, the call sign is “Ust-Luga-Traffic”. Vessel’s master has to receive permission from the Saint Petersburg VTS to end radio watch on VHF channel 10 when entering 60°00,00' N latitude and establish communication with the Ust-Luga VTS on VHF channel 77, the call sign is “Ust-Luga-Traffic”, and transmit the following information:
     - IMO number;
     - type, name of the vessel;
     - flag country;     
     - agent organization, its legal address;
     - port of the last port call;  
     - maximum dimensions, draft forward and stem draft in plain water;
     - type and amount of cargo, class of hazard;
     - number of crew members and passengers;
     - presence of technical faults and other limitations which influence navigation safety,
and receive authorization of the Ust-Luga VTS Center to enter the Ust-Luga VTS coverage area.
     Vessels exiting the seaport of Ust-Luga must contact the Ust-Luga VTS Center on 15 minutes before de-berthing or de-anchoring, and report the same information, as when entering the coverage area.

     Vessels exiting the seaport Ust-Luga receive permission from the Ust Luga VTS to end radio watch on VHF channel 76 when crossing 60°00,00' N latitude and establish communication with Saint Petersburg VTS on VHF channel 10, the call sign is “Petergsburg-Traffic”. Before the start of movement, the vessel must request permission to start of movement from the Ust Luga VTS. The VTS Ust-Luga VTS informs the seaport of  Ust-Luga master that permission for the start of the vessel movement has been granted.

 

     Navigational, operational and other information is transmitted by the Ust-Luga VTS upon the request of the vessel, order of Ust-Luga seaport master or on the initiative of the Ust-Luga VTS in case of planned or existing changes in navigation situation and other factors that have or may  have an effect on navigation safety in the Ust-Luga VTS coverage area. Critical messages may be transmitted by general announcement.

     Navigation assistance is rendered to vessels by request, or by decision of the Ust-Luga VTS. During navigation assistance the Ust-Luga VTS provides target autotracking mean-square error of no more than:
     • 0,3º for bearing;
     • 0,5% for distance;
     • 2° for course;
     • 0,5 knots for speed.
     Procedure and method of navigation assistance, including interval of messages is discussed with the vessel. Start and finish of navigation assistance must be approved by both parties. During navigation assistance the vessel must confirm receipt of information and recommendations from the Ust-Luga VTS and report its current actions to the Ust-Luga VTS.

 

     When under way in the Ust-Luga VTS coverage area, vessels shall keep watch on 14, 16 and 69 VHF Channels.
     Vessels under way, as well as standing at anchor and at the seaport of Ust-Luga berths shall maintain a continuous radio watch on VHF working channels 76 and 14.

 

Information on Very High Frequency Channel Units Used in the VTS of the port of Ust-Luga

 

Subscriber VHF channels Call sign
calling channel working channel
Ust-Luga VTS of the  FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch 16 69 Ust-Luga - Traffic
Saint Petersburg VTS of  the FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch 16 10; 74 Petersburg - Traffic
Ust-Luga Seaport Master of FGBI “AMP Baltic Sea” 16 10; 14 Ust-Luga – Radio-1
State Port Control Inspection of FGBI “AMP Baltic Sea” in the seaport of Ust-Luga 16 10; 14 Ust-Luga – Radio-5
Ust-Luga Directorate of the FSUE “Rosmorport” North-Western Basin Branch 16 17 Ust-Luga – Radio-10

 

     Communication between coastal participants by the means of VHF channels usage is not allowed. 

     The VTS and the vessels must communicate according to the “Mobile Marine Service Radio Communication Rules”. Oral communication with a foreign vessel is performed in English according to “IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases”. Messages transmitted from vessels to VTS must, if possible, comply to the IMO Resolution  А.851(20) “General Principles of Ship Reporting and Ship Reporting Requirements”.

 

     Information necessary for the ship owners and other users in order to enter the Ust-Luga VTS coverage area, and to meet the requirements of the VTS, is published in “Notices to Mariners” edition No. 5 dated 23.01.2010 and is available on the informational map of the Chief Directorate for Navigation & Oceanography of Ministry of Defense of the Russian No. 92600 dated 11.11.2006.


     Navigation dues are charged for navigation services rendered by the Ust-Luga Department of the North-West Basin Branch with the help of VTS to vessels performing port calls to the seaport of Ust-Luga. Information on navigation dues rates and the charging procedure is available in the section “Harbor Dues and Tariffs of the North-Western Basin Branch”.
  

Оператор СУДС порта Усть-Луга СУДС порта Усть-Луга


     4. Statistics

     Number of vessels in the coverage areas of the Saint-Petersburg VTS, the Vysotsk VTS, the Kaliningrad VTS, the Primorsk VTS, the Ust-Luga VTS, performing port calls in the appropriate seaports or passing their water areas, or their VTS coverage areas by transit.
 

     The Saint-Petersburg VTS

 

Year

Total of vessels in the coverage area of the Big Port of Saint-Petersburg VTS

Including vessels, which performed port calls/exits to the Big Port of Saint-Petersburg and Passenger Port Saint-Petersburg

Including vessels, which performed port calls/exits to Ust-Luga Seaport

Including vessels, which performed port calls/exits to Vyborg/Vysotsk Seaports

Including vessels, which performed port calls/exits to Primorsk

Seaport

2007 58,832 24,493 1,040 2,150 1,592
2008 63,338 25,155 883 1,911 1,646
2009 45,823 17,449 1,139 1,989 1,961
2010 43,694 16,129 1,560 1,967 2,571
2011 53,653 20,334 2,582 1,803 2,508
2012 57,195 21,234 3,241 1,746 2,359
2013 59,833 19,172 4,151 1,818 1,859
2014 62,452 18,591 4,724 1,999 1,834
2015 55,007 19,070 4,581 1,837 1,863
2016 82,166 15,334 6,765 2,374 2,331


     The Vysotsk VTS

 

Year

Total of vessels in the coverage area of the Vysotsk VTS

Including vessels, which performed port calls/exits to the Vyborg-Vysotsk seaports

Including vessels, which crossed the Saimaan canal

2007

4,660

3,006

1,654

2008

4,511

2,701

1,810

2009

3,795

3,019

776

2010

3,986

2,880

1,106

2011

4,259

2,890

1,369

2012 4,218 2,786 1,432
2013 4,365 2,634 1,731
2014 5,466 4,300 1,166
2015 8,536 7,420 1,116
2016 11,110 3,136 1,093


     The Kaliningrad VTS

 

Year

Total of vessels in the coverage area of the Kaliningrad VTS

Including vessels, which performed port calls/exits to the Kaliningrad seaport

Including vessels, which passed the coverage area of the Kaliningrad VTS
by transit

2009

12,412

12,412

2010

10,268

10,268

2011

12 ,848

12,848

2012 10,431 10,431
2013 11,485 11,485
2014 21,935 15,721 24
2015 21,386 15,679 113
2016 23,011 15,755 117

     The Primorsk VTS

 

Year

Total of vessels in the coverage area of the Primorsk VTS

Including vessels, which performed port calls/exits to the Primorsk seaport

Including vessels, which passed the coverage area of the Primorsk VTS
by transit

2002

1,855

135

1,720

2003

1,979

199

1,780

2004

2,366

506

1,860

2005

2,456

576

1,880

2006

2,508

658

1,850

2007

2,680

740

1,940

2008

2,617

737

1,880

2009

2,733

748

1,985

2010

2,609

719

1,890

2011

2,646

701

1,945

2012 3,277 1,347 1,930
2013 3,087 1,217 1,870
2014 5,848 1,993 3,855
2015 8,701 3,678 5,023
2016 9,213 2,841 1,212

     The Ust-Luga VTS

 

Year

Total of vessels in the coverage area of the Ust-Luga VTS

Including vessels, which performed port calls/exits to the Ust-Luga seaport

Including vessels, which passed the coverage area of the Ust-Luga VTS by transit

2007

6,150

650

350

2008

12,602

580

640

2009

15,768

745

1,180

2010

14,423

2,483

2,675

2011

27,982

3,161

3,501

2012 28,752 4,542 4,252
2013 31,064 5,659 684
2014 36,140 6,974 2,311
2015 27,339 5,044 201
2016 29,699 6,954 1,200
 

     5. Contacts

     For additional information on terms and conditions of navigation VTS services offered by the North-West Basin Branch, please contact:

     For information on Saint-Petersburg VTS
     phone: +7 (812) 380-70-10 (round the clock), 
     or send a request by fax: +7 (812) 380-70-20, or e-mail: vts.raskat@spb.rosmorport.ru.

     For information on the Vysotsk seaport VTS 
     phone: +7 (81378) 590-59 (round the clock), 
     or send a request by fax: +7 (81378) 590-59, or e-mail: vts@vbg.rosmorport.ru.

     For information on the Kaliningrad seaport VTS 
     phones: 
     +7 (4012) 36-22-00; (round the clock); 
     +7 (4012) 36-21-68 или +7 (4012) 36-21-73 (Monday through Friday from 08.00 till 17.00 local time), 
     or send a request by fax: +7 (4012) 36-22-04, or e-mail: SudsKaliningrad@kld.rosmorport.ru.

     For information on the Primorsk seaport VTS 
     phones: 
     +7 (812) 380-71-53 (round the clock); 
     +7 (921) 951-93-12 (round the clock), 
     or send a request by fax: +7 (812) 380-70-86, or e-mail: vtsprim@spb.rosmorport.ru.

     For information on the Ust-Luga VTS 
     +7 (921) 945-14-36 (round the clock); 
     +7 (81375) 465-01 (Monday through Friday from 09:00 till 17:00 MSK), 
     or send a request by fax: +7 (81375) 465-01, or e-mail: traffic@ulg.rosmorport.ru.

 

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