VTS Services

1. General information
2. Makhachkala VTS Area
3. Terms and conditions of navigation services with the use of Makhachkala VTS
4. Statistics
5. Contacts

     1. General information
Makhachkala VTS
     The FSUE “Rosmorport” Makhachkala Branch provides navigation services using Makhachkala VTS to vessels calling at Makhachkala seaport or transiting its waters.
Makhachkala VTS complies with all current requirements and operates in order to support the safety of navigation, the efficiency of sailing, protection of human life at sea and protection of marine environment and Caspian Sea coast at the waters of Makhachkala Seaport and its approaches.
     The Makhachkala VTS serves to:
     - transmit navigation, operational and other information to vessels;
     - regulate of vessel traffic in accordance with daily vessel traffic plans approved by Makhachkala Seaport Master;
     - render assistance in navigation;
     - control movement and disposition of vessels at anchoring stations of Makhachkala Seaport by radar.
     The Makhachkala VTS consists of:
     - Makhachkala VTS Control Center;
     - radio technical post.
     According to the results of VTS certification of Makhachkala Seaport, the branch has received a certificate No. VTS-3/1-3119-2018 of 26.12.2018 on compliance of Makhachkala VTS to the technical and operational requirements established by the Mintrans of Russia Order No. 226 of July 23, 2015 and requirements of IMO Resolution A.857(20) for a second-category VTS.
     Makhachkala VTS operates 24/7.
     The Makhachkala VTS staff is 9 operators who have undergone professional training and have been certified in compliance with IALA V-103 requirements.
     2. Makhachkala VTS Area
Makhachkala VTS coverage area
     In accordance with the Compulsory Regulations in Makhachkala Seaport approved by order of Ministry of Transport of Russia No. 361 dated 25.11.2013, the Makhachkala VTS area is limited by coastline and a radius of 15.1 sea miles going from 42°59,7' N 047°30,7' E (northern end of the eastern bulwark of the bulk cargo harbor).
     Within the Makhachkala VTS area stable UHF radio telephone communication with vessels and radar control are provided.
     The operational area of AIS coast stations fully covers the Makhachkala VTS area.
     3. Terms and conditions of navigation services with the use of Makhachkala VTS
Оператор СУДС порта Махачкала за работой     Navigation services with the use of Makhachkala VTS are provided by the Makhachkala Branch in accordance with IMO Resolution A.857(20) requirements, Common Rules for Vessel Navigation and Mooring in the Seaports of the Russian Federation and Approaches to them approved by Ministry of Transport of Russia order No. 140 dated 20.08.2009 and Compulsory Regulations in Makhachkala Seaport approved by Ministry of Transport of Russia order No. 361 dated 25.11.2013.
     All ships and vessels, which are fitted with maritime mobile service radio devices, shall follow the rules for vessel navigation in the Makhachkala VTS area when under way in the area, irrespective of their subordination and ownership.
     On entering the Makhachkala VTS area the vessel shall transmit the following information to Makhachkala VTS operator:
     - 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 Makhachkala VTS operator.
     Navigational, operational and other information is transmitted by Makhachkala VTS upon vessel request or order of port master in case of planned or existing changes in traffic situation and storm alerts, which can have an effect on navigation safety in the Makhachkala VTS area. Hydro meteorological information to vessels in Makhachkala Seaport is transmitted by Makhachkala VTS two times a day on VHF Ch. 68 and upon vessel request. Critical messages and storm alerts are transmitted by VHF Ch. 16.
     Navigation assistance is rendered by vessel request or by decision of Makhachkala VTS operator, particularly in strong weather conditions, and in case the devices necessary for safe navigation in particular situation are broken or absent at the vessel. Target tracking errors in Makhachkala seaport are the following:
     • bearings: ±0,6º;
     • distance: 30,0 metres;
     • course: ±2,0º;
     • speed: ±1,2 knots.
Оператор СУДС порта Махачкала
     The procedure and methods of navigation assistance including message frequency are agreed with the vessel. Both sides shall confirm the start and the end of navigation assistance operation. During the operation the vessel shall confirm receipt of information and recommendations from Makhachkala VTS and inform the VTS of its actions.
     Vessel traffic in the Makhachkala Seaport waters is controlled by Makhachkala VTS. Navigation control is performed by transmitting recommendations to vessel regarding:
     - priority and time to start movement;
     - route, interval and speed, in particular direction of vessel movement in the Bulk Cargo Harbor and Oil Harbor of Makhachkala Seaport;
     - order of vessels passing fairways and their intersections;
     - prohibition for further movement;
     - anchoring places and harbours;
     - actions to prevent existing danger.
     Communication between the Makhachkala VTS and vessels in Makhachkala Seaport is mainly performed by radio and telephone within the MMS VHF range.
     Makhachkala VTS can be reached at VHF Ch. 14, call sign “VTS Makhachkala”.  
     When under way in Makhachkala VTS Area vessels shall keep watch on VHF Ch. 14.
     VHF radio communication channels and radio telephone call signs for navigation safety in Makhachkala VTS 
Service Name VHF Channels Call sign Telephone
watch channel work
Makhachkala VTS of the FSUE “Rosmorport” Makhachkala Branch 16 14 VTS Makhachkala +7 (8722) 69-80-10 (24/7)
Makhachkala Seaport Master 16 5 Makhachkala Radio 5 +7 (8722) 65-09-63
State Port Control Inspection of the Administration of Caspian Seaports in Makhachkala Seaport 16 5 Makhachkala Portcontrol +7 (8722) 51-56-61 (24/7)
Man on duty at office of Senior Maritime Chief of Makhachkala Base Point of the Caspian Fleet 16 16 Quarta-06 +7 (872) 465-11-80
     Radio communication in seaport not connected to navigation safety at VHF Ch. 5, 14 and 16 is not permitted.
     Communication between Makhachkala VTS and vessels is performed in accordance with the Rules for Radio Communication of Maritime Mobile Service and Maritime Satellite Mobile Service of the Russian Federation approved by the Ministry of Transport of Russia by order No. 137 dated 04.11.2000. Radio and telephone communication with vessels is performed with the use of IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases approved by IMO Resolution А.918(22). Transmission of reports from vessels to Makhachkala VTS and the format of reports shall, if possible, comply with IMO Resolution А.851(20) General Principles for Ship Reporting Systems and Ship Reporting Requirements.
     Navigation dues are charged for the services with the use of Makhachkala VTS. Rates of navigation dues and charging procedures are described in the section “Harbor Dues and Tariffs of the Makhachkala Branch”.
     4. Statistics
     Information on the number of vessels in the Makhachkala VTS Area
Year Number of vessels under way in Makhachkala VTS area Including vessels making port calls to Makhachkala Seaport
2,809 613
2014 3,796 844
2015 8,953 1,829
2016 9,636 1,987
2017 8,503
2018 10,395
2019 13,149
2020 13,571  3,398
2021 10 600 5 472
     5. Contacts
     For additional information on the terms and conditions of navigation services rendered by the FSUE “Rosmorport” Makhachkala Branch with the use of the Makhachkala VTS, please call:
     +7 (8722) 56-80-34 (available 24/7),
     or send a request by fax: +7 (8622) 56-80-36, or e-mail: mail@mcl.rosmorport.ru