VTS Services

    1. General Information

     The FSUE “Rosmorport” Murmansk branch renders navigational services using port Vessel Traffic Services of the Kola Bay to the vessels calling at seaport of Murmansk. 
     The Kola Bay VTS meets all the current requirements and serves to increase the navigation security level, shipping efficiency, safety life at sea, marine environment protection, and seacoast safeguard in the Kola Bay water area and on the approaches. The Kola Bay VTS includes the Kola Bay VTS Control Center situated on the Abram-Mys cape, 3 automated radio posts (ARP) situated on Mishkunovo cape, Krestoviy cape and Set-Navolok cape. A radiolocating post “Obzor” situated in two cable length to the north from the Lagerniy cape functions as a detached unit of the Kola Bay VTS. 

     Using Kola Bay VTS the Murmansk branch implements the following activities: 
       - transmission of navigational, current and other information by the Kola Bay VTS operators or by a vessel’s request; 
       - navigation assistance; 
       - navigation arrangement, including planning, setting the navigation conditions, navigation regulation in the Kola Bay VTS area; 
       - control over the navigation and vessel location in anchoring areas and on remote berths. 

     According to the examination act dated 15.03.2011 № 3/1-2471-2010А the Murmansk branch has acquired the Federal Marine and River Transport Agency Certificate dated 24.03.2011 №VTS-3/1-2471-2010 on the VTS compliance with the operation requirements № МФ-02-22/848-70 and IMO А.857(20) Resolution requirements to the high-grade category port VTS. 

     The Kola Bay VTS operating personnel consists of 22 professionals certificated in accordance to the IALA V-103 Recommendations and the IMO А.857(20) Resolution requirements. 

     2. The Kola Bay VTS coverage 

     The Kola Bay VTS supervises navigation on the recommended approach routes to the Kola Bay and also in the northern, middle and southern bends of the Kola Bay. 

     The Kola Bay VTS coverage area is limited from the south by the parallel φ = 68º58,10´N and from the north — from the Pogan-Navolok cape straight to the crosspoint of the meridian 33º19,0´E with the Kola peninsula coastline (in the Medvezhiy cape region), further along meridian 33º19,0´E north as far as the 19 mile radius line from the Set-Navolok lighthouse and further south-east by the line mentioned above as far as meridian 34º05,0´E, further south along the 34º05,0´E meridian as far as island Kildin coastline, further along the island Kildin west coast as far as the Byk cape, further straight as far as the Toporkova Pakhta cape, further straight as far as the Zelenetskiy cape. 
     The Kola Bay VTS coverage area is divided into 2 sectors.
Sector № 1 – from a southern border of the Kola Bay VTS area as far as the line connecting the Velikiy cape and the Nikitin cape in the middle bend of the Kola bay.
Sector № 2 – from the line connecting the Velikiy cape and the Nikitin cape in a middle bend of the Kola bay as far as a northern border of the Kola Bay VTS area.
     The Kola Bay VTS schemes are also available at the «World VTS Guide» website. 
     Within the Kola Bay VTS area a secure VHF radio connection and a radiolocating control are provided. The VTS area is fully covered by the Automatic Identification System area.

     3. The Murmansk VTS services terms and conditions. 

     The Kola Bay VTS navigation services are provided by the Murmansk branch in accordance with the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation Statute on VTS dated 29.07.2002, IALA VTS MANUAL 2008 and the navigation Rules in the Kola Bay VTS area established by the Compulsory regulations on the seaports of Murmansk approved by FSE “Administration of Seaport of Murmansk” on 28.11.2007 (as amended and supplemented), Mandatory Ship Reporting System “In the Barents Area (Barents SRS) approved by Resolution MSC.348(91)

     The navigation under control of the Kola Bay VTS is implemented from the calling at the VTS area till the vessel has left the area or before the mooring and when the vessel leaving the berth after the mooring before leaving the VTS area including anchoring and getting of the way. 
     All the vessels and a floatage excluding undersized vessels when navigating within the Kola Bay VTS area must follow the set (recommended) fairways plotted on the navigation maps and indicated in the “Conditions of the navigation in the Barents, White and Kara seas” administrative book published in 2007. 
     The navigation conditions in the sector № 2 are determined by the Operative officer on-duty of the Kola flotilia of the mixed forces of the Northern Fleet who implements his orders via the Kola Bay VTS operators. Notifications on the changes in navigation conditions should be made within the earlier of 2 hours. 
     Every vessel and floatage before entering or navigating within the Kola Bay VTS coverage area must make a constant contact with the VTS operator and transmit following information: 
       - IMO number; 
       - vessel name and type; 
       - country flag; 
       - agent organization, it’s legal address; 
       - the last entered seaport or the destination seaport/region; 
       - maximal dimensions, bow draft and stern draft in a fresh water; 
       - cargo type and amount, hazard class; 
       -  number of the crew and passengers; 
       - presence of vessel devices out of order or other restrictions affecting the navigation security.
and get the permission to start the navigation. If the vessel doesn’t carry out permitted actions, navigation permission is canceled. 
     Standard information necessary for the ship owners to enter the Kola Bay VTS coverage area and meet its requirements is also available at the «World VTS Guide» website.

     The navigation services are provided by the vessel’s request or by the Kola Bay VTS decision mainly in heavy hydro-meteorological conditions, when security navigation devices are absent or failed to function. 
     The Kola Bay VTS provides radiolocating autotracking with root-mean-square error no more than: 
       • bearing - 0,2º; 
       • distance - 8,6 m; 
       • course - 0,9°; 
       • velocity – 0,5 knots. 

     The terms and conditions of the navigation assistance, including messaging interval, are conformed to the vessel`s captain. The start and the finishing of the assistance should be verified by both sides. During the assistance the vessel is obliged to acknowledge the acquisition of information and recommendations from the Kola Bay VTS and to report the VTS about measures being taken. 

     The radio connection of the Kola Bay VTS is carried out on VHF Channels of Marine Mobile Service. The main channel is 12 (stand-by VHF channels are 11, 18, 67). A call sign of the Kola Bay VTS Center is “Murmansk-Traffic”. VHF channel 16 is a call channel. 
     Ships, vessels and floatage navigating or mooring in the Kola Bay VTS coverage area incapable to be on a radiowatch on VHF channels 12 and 16 simultaneously have to be on a constant radiowatch on VHF channels 12 or 16 in concurrence with the Kola Bay VTS operator and ARP. 
     VHF communication between the Kola Bay VTS and vessels must be implemented in accordance with the “Rules of Radio Communication of the Marine Mobile Service”. Messaging in the VTS area as far as possible should correspond with the IMO Resolution A.851(20) “General Principles for Ship Reporting Systems and Ship Reporting Requirements”. For the voice communication with a foreign vessel crew “IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases” in English is used. 
     Vessel captain must immediately inform the Kola Bay VTS operator about all the irregular situations affecting safety navigation (ship power plant breakdown, incapacitation of navigation devices or rudder propeller or ground tackle, setting down, collision, heavy weather conditions, sharp fluctuations of the water level, limited visibility etc.) both when mooring and navigating within the VTS area and hereafter execute operator’s orders. 

     The Murmansk branch navigation services provided using the Kola Bay VTS to vessels are charged by the navigation dues. The information about navigation dues and their collection can be found in subsection “The Murmansk branch Harbour Dues and Tariffs”. 

     4. Statistics 

     Number of vessels in the Kola Bay VTS coverage area, performing port calls to the Murmansk seaport, or passing the seaport water area or the Kola Bay VTS coverage area by transit.

The Kola Bay VTS


Total number of vessels in the Kola Bay VTS coverage area

Including vessels performing port calls/exits to/from the Murmansk seaport

Including vessels passing the Kola Bay VTS coverage area by transit











2012 6 812 6 812
2013 5 991 5 991

          5. Contacts 

     For any additional reference information about the Kola Bay VTS services provided by the Murmansk branch please, contact:
       - telephone: +7 (8152) 47-90-26 (working days 09:00 - 17:00 GMT+3) 
       - fax: +7 (8152) 47-90-26 
       - e-mail: vts@mf-rmp.ru