VTS Services

1. General information

2. VTS areas

     - Kola Bay VTS coverage area

     - Kandalaksha Gulf VTS coverage area

3. Procedure for providing navigation services with the use of VTS

     - Procedure for providing navigation services with the use the Kola Bay VTS

     - Procedure for providing navigation services with the use the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS

4. Statistics

5. Contacts

 

     1. General information

 

     The FSUE “Rosmorport” Murmansk Branch provides navigation services to vessels entering the seaports of Kandalaksha and Murmansk or transiting through these seaports water areas with the use of:

     – vessel traffic control system of the Kola Bay (hereinafter referred to as VTS of the Kola Bay);

     – vessel traffic control system of the Kandalaksha Gulf (hereinafter referred to as VTS of the Kandalaksha Gulf).

 

     VTS of the Kola Bay includes

     – the control center of the Kola Bay VTS located at Abram-Mys Cape;

     – the Mishukovo automated radar post;

     – the Krestovy automated radar post;

     – the Set'-Navolok automated radar post;

     – the Abram-Mys radar post;

     – the Abram-Mys Terminal removable radar post.

     The Obzor radar post located in two cables to the north from Lagerny Cape functions as a separate location of the Kola Bay VTMS.

     VTS of the Kandalaksha Gulf includes:

     – the control center of the Kandalaksha port;

     – the automated radar post in the south-western slope of Krestovaya Mountain.

 

     All VTS of the Murmansk Branch have been created in order to increase navigation safety and navigation efficiency, the safety of life at sea, the protection of marine environment and the seacoast from pollutions, the protection of coastal facilities in the areas of relative VTS.

     With the use of VTS assigned to the Murmansk Branch vessels are provided with all-inclusive navigation services in the areas of relative VTS and the following operations are carried out:

     – to detect vessels on the approaches toward the VTS area, to establish contacts with them and to receive data about a vessel;

     – to give vessels navigational, operational and other information on the initiative of VTS operators or on the request of a vessel;

     – to render assistance in marine navigation;

     – to organize the movement of vessels, as well as to plan and establish regimes of vessel movement in VTS coverage areas;

     – to control vessel movement and a ship's position on anchorage and raid transshipment centers.


     In view of Rosmorrechflot's inspection of VTS assigned to the Murmansk Branch the VTS have received the following certificates of their conformity to IMO Resolution A.857(20) and to the Requirements to Vessel Traffic Control Radar Systems, Seaport Infrastructure Facilities to ensure the functioning of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, facilities and automatic information system means, the navigation control system and navigation control. The Requirements were approved by the Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation Order No 226 on July 23, 2015:

     - Certificate of Conformity to the Kola Bay VTS No 16.01364.315 dated March 30, 2016 to the requirements of a high-category VTS;

     -  Certificate of Conformity to the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS Requirements No 16.01867.315 dated April 29, 2016 to the requirements of a second-category VTS.

 

     Vessel traffic control systems used by the Murmansk Branch function round-the-clock.

     VTS operator staff includes 30 people. All VTS operators of the Murmansk Branch have undergone professional training, and they are qualified in accordance with Recommendations V-103/1 of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities and the requirements of Resolution IMO A.857(20).

 

     2. VTS areas

 

     Kola Bay VTS area


     In accordance with the Compulsory Regulations in the Murmansk Seaport that were approved by Order of the Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation No 222 of August 12, 2014 the Kola Bay VTS area is restricted by

     – the parallel of 68 degrees 58.20 minutes North from the south;

     – the coastline of the parallel of 68 degrees 58.20 minutes North from the west to Belokamenny Cape, then by the direct line sequentially connecting the following points

     No 1 Velikiy Cape;

     No 2 The latitude equals to 69 degrees 06.76 minutes North. The longitude equals to 033 degrees 23.35 minutes East (in the area of Retinskoye Settlement);

     No 3 the eastern cap of Shurinov Island;

     No 4 the eastern cap of Brandvahta Island;

     No 5 Setnavolok Cape;

     No 6 Pogan-navolok Cape;

     No 7 crossing of Longitude Line 033 degrees 19.00 minutes East with the coastline of Kola Peninsula (in the area of Medvezhiy Cape), further by Longitude Line 033 degrees 19.00 minutes East to the north to the radius line of 19 nautical miles separated from Setnavolok Light Tower, then by the line of the above-specified radius to the southeast to Longitude Line 034 degrees 05.00 minutes East, then by Longitude Line 34 degrees 05.00 minutes East to the south from the coastline of Kildin Island, then along the western cap of Kildin Island to Byk Cape, then by the direct line connecting the following points in order:

     No 1 Toporkova Pakhta Cape;

     No 2 Zelenetsky Cape;

     No 3 Latitude is of 69 degrees 18.25 minutes North, Longitude is of 033 degrees 40.00 minutes East,

     No 4 Latitude is of 69 degrees 18.08 minutes North, Longitude is of 033 degrees 36.00 minutes East,

     then by the coastline to the southwest to the point with the coordinates: Latitude of 65 degrees 15.88 minutes North, Longitude of 033 degrees 32.52 minutes East, then by the direct line connecting the following points:

     No 5 Samponavolok Cape;

     No 6 Chirkovy Cape;

     then by the coastline to Salny-Beregovoy Sign, then to the point with the coordinates:

     Latitude of 69 degrees 06.43 minutes North, Longitude of 033 degrees 25.00 minutes East, then to the point with the coordinates: Latitude of 69 degrees 05.40 minutes North, Longitude of 033 degrees 22.10 minutes East, then to the point with the coordinates: Latitude of 69 degrees 04.88 minutes North, Longitude of 033 degrees 21.42 minutes East, then to the coastline to the point with the coordinates: Latitude of 69 degrees 04.60 minutes North, Longitude of 033 degrees 19.00 minutes East, then to the direct line sequentially connecting the following points:

     No 7 Nikitin Cape;

     No 8 Mokhnatkin Cape,

     then on the coastline to the south to the parallel of 68 degrees 58.20 minutes North.

     Guaranteed detection and stable escort of vessels, which have an effective echoing area of 50 square km, are provided in the Kola Bay VTS area. Reliable VHF radio communication and radar control are provided to the vessels. The coastline working area of automatic identification system (AIS) fully covers the Kola Bay VTS area.

 

     VTS of the Kandalaksha Gulf coverage area

 

     In accordance with Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Kandalaksha approved by Order of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation No. 345 dated 07.11.2013, the coverage area of the VTS of the Kandalaksha Gulf is the waters of the seaport of Kandalaksha within the boundaries confirmed by Order of the Government of Russia No. 419-r dated 31.03.2009 and approach channel of the seaport of Kandalaksha.

 

 

     Guaranteed detection and stable escort of vessels with effective reflective surface of 50 sq.m. and over are carried out in the VTS of the Kandalaksha Gulf coverage area, and also reliable VHF radiotelephony communication with vessels and radar assistance is provided. The work area of shore-based stations of the automatic identification system (AIS) completely covers the area of the VTS of the Kandalaksha Gulf.

 

     3. Procedure for providing navigation services with the use of VTS

 

     Procedure for providing navigation services with the use the Kola Bay VTS

 

     Murmansk Branch provides navigation services with the use the Kola Bay VTS in accordance with the Guidance on vessel traffic services (VTS MANUAL, 2008) issued in 2008 by the International Association of Lighthouse Services, Compulsory Ship Reporting System in the area of Barents Sea “Barents SRS” approved by Resolution MSC. 348(91), the General Rules for Navigation and Mooring in the seaports of the Russian Federation and approaches to them approved by Order No. 140 dated 20.08.2009 of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation and Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Murmansk approved by Order No. 222 dated 12.08.2014 of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation.

 

     In the Kola Bay VTS coverage area authorization-based procedure is applied for the vessels movement in accordance with the daily schedules for the arrangement and vessels traffic in the seaport of Murmansk. Kola Bay VTS immediately informs the captain of the seaport of Murmansk about the movements of vessels not included in the traffic schedule and placement of vessels.

     Vessels entering the Kola Bay VTS coverage area or intending to commence traffic in the Kola Bay VTS coverage area establish communication with the Kola Bay VTS on 12, 16 VHF communication channels, call sign “Murmansk-Traffic”.

     When entering the Kola Bay VTS, vessels must transmit to the operator of the Kola Bay VTS information about the vessel:

     - the number given to a vessel by the International Maritime Organization;

     - the name and the type of a vessel;

     - the number of a vessel given by the Mobile Maritime Service;

     - nationality of a vessel (the flag of a vessel);

     - the port of destination;

     - the maximum existing draft of a vessel;

     - the type and the quantity of cargoes, the existence of dangerous cargo and the class of hazard;

     - the number of crews and passengers aboard a vessel;

     - the existence of malfunctions of marine facilities and other restrictions affecting navigation safety;

     and get permission to start movement.

 

     Necessary information for ship owners to enter in the Kola Bay VTS coverage area and comply with the requirements of the Kola Bay VTS in a standardized form is also placed in the Rules for the Navigation of Ships, vessels and floating facilities in the area of vessel traffic management systems of the Kola Bay, published in the Barents Sea sailing directions No. 1112 Part II, 2006 of the edition.

 

    Transmission of navigation, operational and other information is carried out by Kola Bay VTS at the request of the vessel or at the initiative of Kola Bay VTS in cases where changes in the navigation situation, other factors, which may affect the safety navigation in the Kola Bay VTS coverage area, are planned or are taking place. Transmission of critical information can be preceded by a general announcement.

 

     The regulation of vessel traffic is carried out by the Kola Bay VTS through the transfer of recommendations to the vessels regarding:
     - sequence and time of the beginning of the traffic;
     - route, interval and speed of traffic;
     - the order of the passage of fairways and their intersections;
     - prohibition of further movement;
     - places of anchorage or shelters;
     - actions to prevent immediate danger.

 

     The VTS navigation assistance (navigation assistance) is performed by the VTS by a vessel’s request or by the seaport captain’s order in difficult hydro-meteorological conditions, at failure or in absence of navigation security devices in current situation. When rendering assistance in the navigation of the Kola Bay VTS, the errors in the automatic tracking of the objectives are: 

     • bearing – 0,2º; 

     • distance – 7 m; 
     • course - 0,9º;

     • velocity – 0,5 knots;

 

 

     The navigation assistance methods, including messaging interval, is coordinated with the vessel. The assistance terms must be approved by both sides. When being assisted in navigation, a vessel must confirm reception of the information from Kola Bay VTS operator and recommendation, and report on the measures being taken.

 

     Vessels located in the Kola Bay VTS coverage area must carry permanent radio watch on the 12 and 16 VHF channels.

 

Information on the communication channels very high frequency using in the Kola Bay VTS

 

Communicant

Communication  channels  of VHF

Call sign

Emergency

Working

Kola Bay VTS of the FSUE “Rosmorport” Murmansk Branch

16

12, 18, 67, 33

Murmansk-Traffic

Inspection of the state port
Control of trading on the trading terminal
FGBU “AMP of the Western Arctic”

14

 Murmansk-radio-5

Inspection of the state port
Control at the Fish Terminal
FGBU “AMP of the Western Arctic”

37

Murmansk-36

 

     Conducting radio communications not related to the safety of navigation and the regulation of vessels traffic, as well as communication between shore correspondents on the above VHF communication channels is prohibited.

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 route 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”.  

 

      Procedure for providing navigation services with the use the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS

 

     Murmansk Branch provides navigation services with the use the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS in accordance with Order of Resolution IMO A.857(20), the General Rules for Navigation and Mooring in the seaports of the Russian Federation and approaches to them approved by Order No. 140 dated 20.08.2009 of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Kandalaksha Gulf approved by Order No. 345 dated 07.11.2013 of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation and by Orders of the captain of the seaport of Kandalaksha regarding the operational functions of the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS.

 

     In the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS coverage area authorization-based procedure is applied for the vessels movement in accordance with the daily schedules for the arrangement and vessels traffic in the seaport of Kandalaksha approved by captain of the seaport of Kandalaksha. Vessels moving to the seaport establish communication with the captain of the seaport on 67 VHF working communication channel.

     Vessels entering the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS coverage area or intending to start movement in the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS coverage area establish communication with the Kandalaksha Gulf  VTS on 16 and 69 VHF communication channels, call sign “Kandalaksha-Traffic”.

     When entering the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS area, vessels must report the following information about the vessel to the operator of the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS:

     - the number given to a vessel by the International Maritime Organization;

     - the name and the type of a vessel;

     - the number of a vessel given by the Mobile Maritime Service;

     - nationality of a vessel (the flag of a vessel);

     - the port of destination;

     - the maximum existing draft of a vessel;

     - the type and the quantity of cargoes, the existence of dangerous cargo and the class of hazard;

     - the number of crews and passengers aboard a vessel;

     - the existence of malfunctions of marine facilities and other restrictions affecting navigation safety and get permission to start moving.

     In addition, at the entrance to the sea port of Kandalaksha the captain of the vessel informs about:

     - boarding of pilot, and shall request permission to move along the fairway of the seaport;

     - passing the traverses of the island of Bolshoy Berezovy and Maly,

     as well as requests permission to moor to the berth in the seaport.

 

     Necessary information for ship owners to enter in the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS coverage area and comply with the requirements of the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS in a standardized form is also placed in the Rules for the Navigation of Ships, vessels and floating facilities in the area of vessel traffic management systems of the Kandalaksha Gulf, published in the White Sea sailing No. 1110.

 

 

     Transmission of navigation, operational and other information is carried out Kandalaksha Gulf VTS at the request of the vessel or on the initiative of the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS in cases where changes in the navigation situation, other factors, which may affect navigation safety in the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS coverage area, are planned or are taking place. Transmission of critical information can be preceded by a general announcement.

 

     The regulation of vessel traffic is carried out by the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS through the transfer of recommendations to the vessels regarding:
     - sequence and time of the beginning of movement;
     - route, interval and speed of traffic;
     - the order of passing the fairways and their intersections;
     - prohibition of further movement;
     - places of anchorage or shelters;
     - actions to prevent immediate danger.

 

     The VTS navigation assistance is performed by the VTS at vessel’s request or by the seaport captain’s order in difficult hydro-meteorological conditions, at failure or in absence of navigation security devices, which ensure navigation safety in current navigational situation. When rendering assistance in the navigation of the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS, the errors in the automatic tracking of the objectives are: 

     • by azimuth no more than 1,2º; 

     • by distance  no more than 30 m; 
     • by course no more than 5º;

     • by velocity of movement no more than 2 knots;

 

     The navigation assistance, including messaging interval, is coordinated with the vessel. The assistance terms must be approved by both sides. At assistance the vessel must confirm the information from Kandalaksha Gulf VTS operator and recommendation receipt and report on the measures being taken.

 

     Vessels located in the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS coverage area must carry a permanent radio watch on the 16, 67 and 69 VHF channels.

 

Information on the communication channels of very high frequency using in the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS

 

Communicant

Communication channels of VHF

Call sign

Emergency

Working

Kandalaksha Gulf VTS of the FSUE “Rosmorport” Murmansk Branch

16

69, 18, 74

Kandalaksha-traffic

Inspection of the state port
Control of trading on the trading terminal
FGBU “AMP of the Western Arctic”

16

67

 Kandalaksha-radio-5

 

     Conducting radio communications not related to the safety of navigation and the regulation of vessels traffic, as well as for communication between shore correspondents on the abovementioned VHF communication channels is prohibited.

     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. It is acceptable to conduct radio communications in Russian, subject to receiving a voice confirmation in English from the captain of the vessel, with the recording of such confirmation in the database of the Kandalaksha VTS documenting system.

 

     Navigation dues are charged for navigation services provided by the Murmansk Branch with the use of the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS in the seaport of Kandalaksha. 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 located in the Kola Bay VTS coverage area and Kandalaksha Gulf VTS, called at the corresponding seaports or transited through the waters of the seaports or the VTS coverage area.

 

Kola Bay VTS

 

Year

The total number of vessels located in the Kola Bay VTS coverage area

Including vessels which called at/exited from the seaport of Murmansk

 Including vessels which transited through the Kola Bay VTS coverage area

2009

7,099

7,099

716

2010

7,385

7,385

 2011

6,641

6,641

2012

6,812

6,812

2013

5,991

5,991

2014

5,160

5,160

2015

5,041

5,041

2016

5,664

5,664

 

Kandalaksha Gulf VTS

 

Year

The total number of vessels located in the
Kandalaksha Gulf VTS coverage area

Including vessels, which called at/exited from the seaport of Kandalaksha

 

Including vessels, which transited through the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS coverage area.

2016
(October-December)

363

66

 

     5. Contacts

 

     Additional information on the order of Murmansk Branch navigation services with the use of Kola Bay VTS and Kandalaksha Gulf VTS, can be obtained:

     Kola Bay VTS

     by phone (round the clock):

     +7 (8152) 47-90-26,

     or by sending a request by fax: +7 (8152) 47-90-26, or by e-mail: vts@mrm.rosmorport.ru

 

     Kandalaksha Gulf VTS

     by phones:

     +7 (8153) 39-26-15 – Duty shift supervisor (round the clock);

     +7 (921) 158-68-69 – chief of the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS (Monday – Friday from 8:00 till 17:00 by Moscow time),

     or by sending a request by fax: +7 (8153) 39-26-15, or by e-mail: VTS_Kandalaksha@mrm.rosmorport.ru