VTS Services

1. General Information
2. VTS Coverage Areas
    - Novorossiysk VTS coverage area
    - Sochi VTS coverage area
    - VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area
    - Tuapse VTS coverage area
3. VTS services terms and conditions
    - Terms and conditions of navigation services with the use of Novorossiysk VTS
    - Terms and conditions of navigation services with the use of Sochi VTS
    - Terms and conditions of navigation services in the VTS of the Kerch Strait
    - Terms and conditions of navigation services with the use of the Tuapse VTS
4. Statistics
5. Contact Information


     1. General Information

 

     FSUE “Rosmorport” Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch provides the vessels calling at the seaports of Gelendzhik (only on the approaches to the seaport), Kavkaz, Novorossiysk, Sochi, Taman, Temryuk and Tuapse, or transiting through the waters of the seaports, as well as the vessels crossing the Kerch Strait, with navigation services  with the use of:
     - vessel traffic management system Novorossiysk (hereinafter – Novorossiysk VTS);

     - vessel traffic management system Sochi (hereinafter – Sochi VTS);
     - vessel traffic management system of the Kerch Strait (hereinafter – Kerch Strait VTS);

     - vessel traffic management system Tuapse (hereinafter - Tuapse VTS).


      Novorossiysk VTS includes: VTS Center, three remotely controlled radio technical posts (RTP) (at Penay Cape, Doob Cape and Doob mountain slope) and one serviced subcentre in Yuzhnaya Ozereevka. 

     Sochi VTS consists of a VTS control center of the seaport of Sochi, Radar Post No 1 and Radar Post No 2.

     Kerch Strait VTS includes: VTS Center, automatic RTPs (ARTPs) Tuzla, Lada-Gelendzhik-Trans, Akhilleon, Fontalovskaya, Taman, Temryuk, Zelenskogo, and Mayak Temryuksky

     Tuapse VTS includes: VTS Center integrated with RTP-2 radar post, and remotely controlled RTP-1 at Pauk mountain.

 

Akhilleon RTP RTP on the Pauk mountain Tuzla RTP Sochi VTS tower
Tuapse VTS center Novorossiysk seaport overview from the VTS tower Tuapse seaport overview from the VTS tower
Sochi VTS object


     All the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch VTS are created in order to raise the navigation safety and efficiency level, life protection in the sea, protection of the marine and coastal environment, coastal structures protection. 
     The the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch VTS are used for: 
     - detection of vessels at sea port approaches, establishing communication, obtaining data; 
     - transmission of navigation, current and other information to vessels; 
     - navigation assistance; 
     - arrangement of vessel traffic according to daily navigational schedules approved by the captains of the sea ports of Novorossiysk, Kavkaz, Temryuk and Turapse; 
     - radiolocator supervision of vessels traffic and their position at anchorages. 

     Federal Service on Transport Supervision and Federal Agency of Sea and River Transport examined the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch VTS and issued following certificates according to the requirements established by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation Order No. 226 of July 23, 2015 and IMO А.857(20) Resolution
     - Novorossiysk VTS certificate, highest category, No. VTS-3/1-3014-2017 of March 16, 2017

     - Sochi VTS certificate, first category, No. VTS-3/1-3037-2017 of July 17, 2017;
     - Kerch Strait VTS certificate, highest category, No. VTS-3/1-3043-2017 of August 23, 2017

     - Tuapse VTS certificate, first category, No. VTS-3/1-3013-2017 of February 20, 2017

     Vessel Traffic Systems operated by the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch work around the clock. The operating structure of the VTS branch consists of  71 people. All VTS operators of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch have been trained and certified in accordance with the recommendations of IALA V-103.

     2. VTS Coverage Areas

     Novorossiysk VTS coverage area

 

     In accordance with the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Novorossiysk, approved by Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation order No. 503 of 30.11.2017, the Novorossiysk VTS boundaries of the coverage area include the water surface area bounded by the coastline and straight lines subsequently connecting the points with coordinates:

          44°32’16,2”N 38°04’36,0”E; 
          44°30’27,0”N 38°01’55,0”E; 
          44°36’42,0”N 37°34’00,0”E; 
          44°40’34,0”N 37°34’00,0”E.


     In the Novorossiysk VTS coverage area actions are carried out to detect and guarantee sustainable support of vessels with an effective reflective surface of 20 sqm and more, and also to provide reliable VHF radio communication with vessels and radar control. The working area of ​​coast stations of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) completely covers the area of ​​the Novorossiysk VTS.

 

     Sochi VTS coverage area 

 

Plan of the Sochi VTS coverage area
      Pursuant to the Compulsory Regulations approved by Russia’s Transport Ministry Order No. 404 of 03.10.2017 the boundaries of the Sochi VTS coverage area in the seaport of Sochi include a water area limited by the lines connecting the points:

     Latitude==43°34,7’N Longitude=39°42,9’E – the Southern Breakwater light;

     Latitude=43°37,0’N Longitude=39°40,1’E;

     Latitude=43°34,2’N Longitude=39°36,1’E;

     Latitude=43°19,4’N Longitude=39°55,2’E;

     Latitude=43°22,8’N Longitude=39°58,8’E;

     Latitude=43°24,9’N Longitude=39°55,5’E – Radar Post No 2 in the Cargo District;

     Latitude=43°28,0’N Longitude=39°52,5’E, including the water area of the Inner Harbor, the Cruise Harbor and the Cargo District.

        In its coverage area Sochi VTS ensures guaranteed detection and stable escort of vessels, which have the effective reflecting surface of at least 70 square kilometers, and provides reliable VHF radio and telephone contact with vessels and radar control. The operating area of coastal stations of the automatic identification system (AIS) fully covers the Sochi VTS coverage area.


     VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area

 

     VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area in the seaport of Kavkaz:

Plan of the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area
Plan of the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area in the seaport of Kavkaz

     In accordance with the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Kavkaz, approved by Ministry of Transport of Russia order No. 110 of 23.03.2018, VTS of the Kerch Strait  boundaries of the coverage in the seaport of Kavkaz are bounded by the coastline and straight lines connecting in order the points with coordinates:

    No. 1 Latitude = 45°07,60'N Longitude = 36°41,60'E;

    No. 2 Latitude = 44°59,75'N Longitude = 36°41,60'E;

    No. 3 Latitude = 44°59,75'N Longitude = 36°27,26'E;

    No. 4 Latitude = 45°06,01'N Longitude = 36°27,26'E;

    No. 5 Latitude = 45°26,47'N Longitude = 36°34,62'E;

    No. 6 Latitude = 45°30,10'N Longitude = 36°34,62'E;

    No. 7 Latitude = 45°30,10'N Longitude = 37°02,00'E;

    No. 8 Latitude = 45°23,30'N Longitude = 37°23,50'E;

    No. 9 Latitude = 45°21,00'N Longitude = 37°23,50'E;

    No. 10 Latitude = 45°19,95'N Longitude = 36°39,48'E;

    No. 11 Latitude = 45°18,05'N Longitude = 36°32,97'E;

    No. 12 Latitude = 45°13,10'N Longitude = 36°39,05'E

 

     In VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area in the seaport of Kavkaz, guaranteed detection and sustained support of vessels with an effective reflective surface of 100 sq.m. and more are effected, and also reliable VHF radio communication with vessels and radar control is provided. The working area of AIS shore stations completely covers the zone of VTS of the Kerch Strait in the seaport of Kavkaz.

 

     VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area in the seaport of Taman:


Plan of the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area in the seaport of Taman

     In accordance with the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Taman, approved by Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation order No. 16 of 22.01.2014, the VTS of the Kerch Strait in the seaport of Taman boundaries of the coverage correspond to the borders of seaport, approved by Russian Government order No. 1837-p dated 08.12.2008.
     In the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area in the seaport of Taman, guaranteed detection and sustained support of vessels with an effective reflective surface of 100 sq.m. and more, are effected and also reliable VHF radio communication with vessels and radar control is provided. The working area of AIS shore stations completely covers the zone of VTS of the Kerch Strait in the seaport of Taman.

 

     VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area in the seaport of Temryuk:

Plan of the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area in the seaport of Temryuk

     In accordance with the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Temryuk, approved by Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation order No. 218 of 24.06.2013, the VTS of the Kerch Strait boundaries of coverage in the seaport of Temryuk are bounded by the coastline and straight lines connecting in order the points with coordinates:

     № 1 45°21,13'N  037°23,40'Е;

     № 2 45°27,12'N  037°23,40'Е;

     № 3 45°29,30'N  037°04,06'Е;

     № 4 45°23,18'N  037°00,00'Е.

     In the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area in the seaport of Temryuk, guaranteed detection and sustained support of vessels with an effective reflective surface of 100 sq.m. and more, are effected and also reliable VHF radio communication with vessels and radar control is provided. The working area of AIS shore stations completely covers the zone of the VTS of the Kerch Strait in the seaport of Temryuk .


    Tuapse VTS coverage area

     In accordance with the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Tuapse, approved by Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation order No. 197 of 6.07.2012, the Tuapse VTS coverage area is limited to the north-east coastline, and on the seaward side of the line connecting the points with the following coordinates:

     1. 44°10'33"N; 38°56'23"E 
     2. 44°06'41"N; 38°51'09"E 
     3. 43°58'20"N; 39°03'02"E 
     4. 44°02'14"N; 39°08'20"E 

     In the Tuapse VTS coverage  area, guaranteed detection and sustained support vessel with an effective reflective surface of 70 sq.m. and more, are effected and also reliable VHF radio communication with vessels and radar control is provided. The working area of AIS shore stations completely covers the zone of the Tuapse VTS.


     3. VTS services terms and conditions

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

     Navigation services with the use of the Novorossiysk VTS are provided by the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch in accordance with the requirements of IMO resolution A. 857(20), Common rules of navigation and mooring of vessels in the seaports of the Russian Federation and on the approaches to them approved by order of Ministry of Transport of Russia No. 140 dated 20.08.2009, Novorossiysk VTS operator Compulsory Regulations in the seaport Novorossiysk approved by order of Ministry of Transport of Russia No. 223 dated 12.08.2014, and the orders of the captain of the Novorossiysk seaport in respect of the operational functions of the VTS of the Novorossiysk seaport, vessels calling at the seaport of Novorossiysk and being on the approaches to the seaport of Gelendzhik, as well as transiting the waters of the Novorossiysk seaport.
    Irrespective of their departmental identity and forms of property all ships and vessels equipped with radio communication of the marine mobile service in the Novorossiysk VTS coverage area must comply with the rules for vessel navigation in the Novorossiysk VTS coverage area.

A regulatory approval system of vessel movement is effective in the Novorossiysk VTS coverage area. Vessels enter the Novorossiysk VTS coverage area and leave it, approach toward to a pilot’s reception position or start moving in the zone upon receipt of a Novorossiysk VTS operator’s permit.

     Captains of vessels moving to the seaport of Novorossiysk must Novorossiysk VTS while entering the coverage area on VHF Channel 9 (the Novo-Traffic-Control call sign), take a recognition signal and transmit the following data on

     - the name and type of a vessel;

     - nationality of a vessel (the flag);

     - the port of destination;

     - maximum load draught and air draught of a vessel;

     - cargo type and transportation of dangerous cargoes;

     - the failure of ships’ technical facilities and other restrictions having influence upon navigation safety.

     Novorossiysk VTS is entitled to ask for additional data and information in accordance with the General Rules for Vessel Navigation and Mooring in Russia’s Seaports and on the Approaches Toward Them.

 

     In addition, in accordance with the Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Novorossiysk while entering into the seaport of Novorossiysk and leaving the seaport and when a vessel moves in the seaport water area a vessel's captain informs Novorossiysk VTS about the following:
     -Novorossiysk VTS operator crossing the seaport lines;

     - arriving aboard a vessel and leaving a vessel by a pilot;

     - sea buoys passage with the latitude of 44 degrees 39.8 minutes North and the longitude of 037 degrees 50.55 minutes East;

     - passing the ends of the Western and Eastern piers;

     - coming up on the beam of the Sheskharis oil harbor (for vessels with the support movement dynamic principle).

     When main engines, steering gear or pilotage facilities affecting navigation safety fail and when communication with the port of Novorossiysk VTS is lost a vessel's captain immediately informs the port of Novorossiysk VTS by any accessible communication means.

     A vessel in the Novorossiysk VTS coverage area has to report on the pollution of the marine environment, the inconsistency in the operation or the position of aids to navigation, facilities or the phenomena that pose a threat to or hamper navigation. 

     When a vessel enters the Novorossiysk VTS coverage areas Novorossiysk VTS identifies the vessel and points it at the route, the procedure for passing fairways and their crossings, an anchoring station and reports on a position of a pilot’s embarkation and the route situation, and transmits other information.

     Novorossiysk VTS transmits navigational, operational and other information at the request of a vessel or by order of the captain of the seaport of Novorossiysk when the navigation situation changes or may change, when a storm warning is received, or upon other changes can influence navigation safety in the Novorossiysk VTS coverage area.

     Novorossiysk VTS provides aid to vessels at the request of a vessel or by a decision taken by Novorossiysk VTS under complex meteorological conditions with no technical equipment to ensure navigation safety on a vessel, or its failure. While rendering aid to vessel Novorossiysk VTS regularly transmits information on:

     - the position of a vessel toward a navigation base, a fairway and waypoints;

     - dangers to navigation near a vessel and over the entire route;

     - on the position and movement of other vessels, as well as recommendations related to further movement of a vessel.

     When providing support for marine navigation Novorossiysk VTS automatic target following errors make up:

     - no more than 20 meters in distance;

     - no more than 0.6° in azimuth;

     - no more than 2° in direction of movement;

     - no more than one knot in movement speed.

     In the Novorossiysk VTS coverage area AIS transmits information on differential corrections of GLONASS/GPS monitoring and correcting stations.

     The procedure and method for providing support to marine navigation, including the communications interval, are coordinated with the vessel. The beginning and the end of support to marine navigation should be approved by both parties. When support for marine navigation is being provided a vessel has to confirm the receipt of information and recommendations from Novorossiysk VTS and inform Novorossiysk VTS about the actions being taken. 

     If a captain of the vessel finds it impossible to comply with the Novorossiysk VTS instructions, they must report to Novorossiysk VTS and inform them about its further actions and intentions.

 

     The movement of vessels in the Novorossiysk VTS coverage area is organized due to the specifics of the seaport of Novorossiysk based on the 24-hour schedule of vessel handling and movement in the seaport of Novorossiysk and includes:

     - issuing permits on vessel movement and its handling in the Novorossiysk VTS coverage area;

     - planning the movement of vessels;

     - using vessels’ reports on starting, ending and passing specified points of the route;

     - using routes and priority directions of vessels’ movement;

     - using one-way movement of vessels in the fairway;

     - establishing the speed and the interval of vessels’ movement.

     The 24-hour schedule of vessel movement and handling in the seaport of Novorossiysk is confirmed by the captain of the seaport of Novorossiysk in compliance with information on the vessel call that has been given to the captain of the seaport of Novorossiysk through the Internet: www.portcall.marinet.ru (available starting from 15:00 Moscow time every day).


     Novorossiysk VTS regulates vessels’ movement by conveying them binding instructions as follows:

     - movement priority and the movement start time;

     - the route, the interval and the speed of the movement;

     - the procedure for passing fairways and crossing them, specifically at the eastern fairway of the seaport of Novorossiysk, where a one-way movement of vessels is established and direction of vessels movement is determined by the Novorossiysk VTS based on the traffic in the water area of the seaport of Novorossiysk;

     - the ban on further movement;

     - anchoring grounds and sheltered locations.

     When weighing or unberthing, a vessel asks the seaport of Novorossiysk VTS for movement permission 15 minutes before starting the movement. 

     If the movement has not started within specified time permission will be annuled and re-requested.

     Vessel pilotage is directly performed by the port of Novorossiysk VTS operators in respect of vessels:

     - entering into the seaport of Novorossiysk from the seaport of Novorossiysk VTS area line to the direct line connecting Cape Love and the marine line on the end of Terminal No 1 of the Sheskharis oil harbor;

     - leaving the seaport of Novorossiysk from the direct line connecting Cape Love and  the marine line on the end of Terminal No 1 of the Sheskharis oil harbor to the port of Novorossiysk VTS area lines.

     Vessels with the support movement dynamic principle coordinate the opportunity for sailing and sailing route in the non-displacement state with the VTS when approaching the VTS area and after unberthing. 

 

     In Novorossiysk VTS coverage the call and talks with vessels are held by using VHF radio communication (the call “Novo-Traffic-Control”) on:

VHF Channels 9, 11, 16 and 68 with the “Novo-Traffic-Control” call.

     Vessels moored in the seaport of Novorossiysk should maintain permanent radio watch on VHF Channel 9 and Channel 16, and vessels at the berths of the seaport should maintain permanent radio watch on VHF Channel 9.

 

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

 

Communicant

Communication channels of very high frequency

Call sign

Novorossiysk VTS of the FSUE “Rosmorport” Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch

9, 16

Novo-Traffic-Control

68 (for pilotage)

11 (for working with small, sport, sailing and pleasure vessels)

Port State Control in the seaport FGBI “AMP Black Sea”

9, 16

Novorossiysk-5

Port State Control in the oil harbour of Sheskharis FGBI “AMP Black Sea”

9, 16, 96

Novorossiysk-11

Port State Control in the Marine Terminal CPC-R FGBI “AMP Black Sea”

9, 14, 16, 25, 69

Novorossiysk-51

Port State Control of vessels fishing fleet FGBI “AMP of the Black Sea”

16, 36

Gavan

     Conduction of radio communications not related to safety of navigation and management of vessels movement on the above-mentioned channels is prohibited.
     The telephone numbers as well as information of additional means of communication for the transmission of information on territories and waters of the seaport of Novorossiysk are announced by the captain of the seaport of Novorossiysk.

     Radio communication between the Novorossiysk sea port VTS operators and vessels must be performed in accordance with the Rules on Radio Communication of Mobile Marine Service, and the format of messages should, if possible, comply with IMO Resolution А.851(20) "General Principles of Ship Reporting and Ship Reporting Requirements". Communication with foreign vessel crews is performed in English in terms of "IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases".  For radio communications with the crews of foreign vessels, English language is used in terms of IMO's Standard Marine Communication Phrases. Maintaining of radio communications in Russian is allowed, subject to receiving of voice confirmation in English from the captain of the vessel, with a record of such evidence in the database of the documentation system of the Novorossiysk VTS.

 

     Navigation dues area charged for navigation services with the use of Novorossiysk VTS rendered by the Azovo-Chernomorskiy Basin Branch to vessels making port calls to the sea port of Novorossiysk. Information on navigation dues rates and the charging procedure is available in the section "Harbor Dues and Tariffs of the Azovo-Chernomorskiy Basin Branch".


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


     Navigation services with the use of Sochi VTS are rendered by the Sochi Directorate of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch pursuant to IMO Resolution A.857(20), the General Rules for Vessel Navigation and Mooring in Russia’s Seaports and on the Approaches Toward Them approved by Russia’s Transport Ministry Order No.463 of October 26, 2017 and the Compulsory Regulations in the Seaport of Sochi approved by Russia’s Transport Ministry Order No. 404 of October 03, 2017.


     Irrespective of their departmental identity and forms of property all ships and vessels equipped with radio communication of the marine mobile service in the Sochi VTS coverage area must comply with the rules for vessel navigation in the Sochi VTS coverage area.

     A regulatory approval system of vessel movement is effective in the Sochi VTS coverage area. Vessels enter the Sochi VTS coverage area and leave it, approach toward to a pilot’s reception position or start moving in the zone upon receipt of a Sochi VTS operator’s permit.  

     Captains of vessels moving to the seaport of Sochi must contact Sochi VTS while entering the coverage area on VHF Channel 14 (the Sochi-Traffic-Control call sign), take a recognition signal and transmit the following data on:

     - the name and type of a vessel;

     - nationality of a vessel (the flag);

     - the port of destination;

     - maximum load draught and air draught of a vessel;

     - cargo type and transportation of dangerous cargoes;

     - the failure of ships’ technical facilities and other restrictions having influence upon navigation safety.

     Sochi VTS is entitled to ask for additional data and information in accordance with the General Rules for Vessel Navigation and Mooring in Russia’s Seaports and on the Approaches Toward Them.


     A vessel in the Sochi VTS coverage area has to report on the pollution of the marine environment, the inconsistency in the operation or the position of aids to navigation, facilities or the phenomena that pose a threat to or hamper navigation.

     When a vessel enters the Sochi VTS coverage area, Sochi VTS identifies the vessel and points it at the route, the procedure for passing fairways and their crossings, an anchoring station and reports on a position of a pilot’s embarkation and the route situation, and transmits other information.


     Sochi VTS transmits navigational, operational and other information at the request of a vessel or by order of the captain of the seaport of Sochi when the navigation situation changes or may change, when a storm warning is received, or upon other changes can influence navigation safety in the Sochi VTS coverage area.


     Sochi VTS provides aid to vessels at the request of a vessel or by a decision taken by Sochi VTS under complex meteorological conditions with no technical equipment to ensure navigation safety on a vessel, or its failure. While rendering aid to vessel Sochi VTS regularly transmits information on:

     - the position of a vessel toward a navigation base, a fairway and waypoints;

     - dangers to navigation near a vessel and over the entire route;

     - on the position and movement of other vessels, as well as recommendations related to further movement of a vessel.

     When rendering aid to vessels Sochi VTS ensure radar autonomous tracking accurate to no more than:

     - no more than 25 meters in distance;

     - no more than 0.5° in azimuth;

     - no more than 2° in direction of movement;

     - no more than one knot in movement speed.

     The procedure for rendering aid to vessels, including an information interval is coordinated between Sochi VTS and a vessel. Sochi VTS informs the vessel on the commencement and the end of aid to navigation. The vessel confirms that information and recommendations have been received from Sochi VTS. It also informs Sochi VTS on the actions, which are planned to be taken.

     If a captain of the vessel finds it impossible to comply with the Sochi VTS instructions, they must report to Sochi VTS and inform about its further actions and intentions.


Sochi VTS operator
     The movement of vessels in the Sochi VTS coverage area is organized due to the specifics of the seaport of Sochi based on the 24-hour schedule of vessel handling and movement in the seaport of Sochi and includes:

     - issuing permits on vessel movement and its handling in the Sochi VTS coverage area;

     - planning the movement of vessels;

     - using vessels’ reports on starting, ending and passing specified points of the route;

     - using routes and priority directions of vessels’ movement;

     - using one-way movement of vessels in the fairway;

     - establishing the speed and the interval of vessels’ movement.

     The 24-hour schedule of vessel movement and handling in the seaport of Sochi is confirmed by the captain of the seaport of Sochi in compliance with information on the vessel call that has been given to the captain of the seaport of Sochi through the Internet: www.portcall.marinet.ru and put on the Internet: http://www.bsamp.ru/section-view-vessels-sochi.


     Sochi VTS regulates vessels’ movement by conveying them binding instructions as follows:

     - movement priority and the movement start time;

     - the route, the interval and the speed of the movement;

     - the procedure for passing fairways and crossing them;

     - the ban on further movement;

     - anchoring grounds and sheltered locations.

     Five minutes before departure any vessel staying in the Sochi VTS coverage area must obtain a permit from Sochi VTS when it intends to clear from alongside or heave the anchor in the seaport of Sochi. The permit is annulled and should be obtained again if a vessel fails to start permitted actions within 30 minutes.


     Sochi VTS maintains contact with vessels on VHF Channel 14 (VHF Channel 68 is a backup communication channel) by using the call signal “Sochi-Traffic-Control”.

     Vessels entering the Cruise Harbor and Inner Harbor of the water area of the seaport of Sochi or exiting them request permission for movement on the VHF channel 11, call sign “Sochi-Traffic-Control”.


     VHF radio communication channels and radio telephone call signals used to ensure navigation safety in the Sochi VTS coverage area


 Service NameVHF ChannelCall SignalTelephone
workingbackup
Sochi VTS of the Sochi Directorate
of the FSUE “Rosmorport”
Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch
14, 1168Sochi-Traffic-Control

+7 (862) 262-16-23

(24 hours)
Port State Control Inspectorate of
FSBI “The Administration of Black
Sea Ports” in the seaport of Sochi
0916,74Sochi-5+7 (862) 262-07-04

     Radio watch should be kept permanently from the moment of asking for a permit for movement and until the end of movement or exit from the Sochi VTS coverage area. An operator of Sochi VTS can only stop communications upon completing movement (anchoring or berthing) or leaving the Sochi VTS coverage area.

     Radio transmissions not related to ensuring navigation safety are forbidden in the seaport of Sochi on VHF Channels 9, 11, 14, 16, 17, 68 and 74.

     Sochi VTS and vessels maintain contact pursuant to the Regulations of Radio Communications between the Marine Mobile Service and Russia’s Marine Mobile Service approved by Russia’s Transport Ministry Order No. 137 of November 04, 2000. The English language is used to make contact with vessels by using “IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrase” approved by Resolution A.918 (22). Messages from vessels to Sochi VTS and a format of messages must meet, if applicate, IMO A.851(20) Resolution “General Principles for Ship Reporting Systems and Ship Reporting Requirements”.

     Navigations dues are levied from vessels to render navigation services with the use of Sochi VTMS. More information on the rate of navigation dues and the procedure for levying them is available in the section “Azovo-Chernomorsky Branch Harbor Dues andTariffs

 

     Terms and conditions of navigation services in the VTS of the Kerch Strait

 

     The navigation services using VTS of the Kerch Strait are provided by the Taman Directorate of the Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch in accordance with the requirements of:

     - IMO Resolution A.857 (20);
     - General rules of navigation and anchorage in the seaports of the Russian Federation and on the approaches to them, approved by Ministry of Transport of Russia Order No. 463 of 26.10.2017;
     - Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Kavkaz, approved by Ministry of Transport of Russia Order No. 110 of 23.03.2018;
     - Compulsory Regulations in the sea port of Taman, approved by Ministry of Transport of Russia Order No. 16 of 01.22.2014;
     - Compulsory Regulations in the sea port of Temryuk, approved by Ministry of Transport of Russia Order No. 218 of 24.06.2013;
     - Operational orders captains seaports of Kavkaz, Taman and Temryuk in part of the operational functions of VTS of the Kerch Strait,

     to vessels calling at the seaports of Kavkaz, Taman and Temryuk, as well as in transit through the waters of the relevant seaports.


     Irrespective of their departmental identity and forms of property all ships and vessels equipped with radio communication of the marine mobile service in the Sochi VTS coverage area must comply with the rules for vessel navigation in the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area.

     A regulatory approval system of vessel movement is effective in the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area. Vessels enter the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area and leave it, approach toward to a pilot’s reception position or start moving in the zone upon receipt of a VTS of the Kerch Strait operator’s permit.  

    Captains of vessels moving to the seaports of Kavkaz, Taman and Temryuk must contact VTS of the Kerch Strait when entering the coverage area

    for the seaport of Kavkaz

     • on 10 VHF communication channel when passing beam line of the buoy Varzovsky by following the north and when passing beam line Cape Takil on proceeding from the south.

     for the seaport of Taman

     • 30 minutes before entering VTS of the Kerch Strait on 11 or 69 VHF communication channel .

     for the seaport of Temryuk

     • on 69 VHF channel .

 take a recognition signal and transmit the following data on:

     - the name and type of a vessel;

     - nationality of a vessel (the flag);

     - the port of destination;

     - maximum load draught and air draught of a vessel;

     - cargo type and transportation of dangerous cargoes;

     - the failure of ships’ technical facilities and other restrictions having influence upon navigation safety,

     and receive approval for entering (exiting) the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area. 

     VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area is entitled to ask for additional data and information in accordance with the General Rules for Vessel Navigation and Mooring in Russia’s Seaports and on the Approaches Toward Them.


Operators of the VTS of the Kerch Strait     In accordance with Compulsory Regulations in the seaport of Kavkaz, vessels located in the area of VTMS coverage, called in the seaport of Kavkaz, in addition to mandatory reports at the entrance (exit) to the area of the Kerch Strait VTMS, must transmit mandatory reports to the Kerch Strait VTMS when passing:

     - Varzovsky luminous axial buoy;

     - pilot reception (landing) points;

     - cape Takil traverse.

     A vessel in the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area has to report on the pollution of the marine environment, the inconsistency in the operation or the position of aids to navigation, facilities or the phenomena that pose a threat to or hamper navigation.

     When a vessel enters the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area, VTS of the Kerch Strait identifies the vessel and points it at the route, the procedure for passing fairways and their crossings, an anchoring station and reports on the pilot’s embarkation points:

     - in the seaport of Kavkaz;

     - in the seaport of Taman;

     - in the seaport of Temryuk,

     and the route situation, and transmits other information.


     VTS of the Kerch Strait transmits navigational, operational and other information at the request of a vessel or by decision of the VTS of the Kerch Strait when the navigation situation changes or may change, when a storm warning is received, or upon other changes can influence navigation safety in the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area.


     VTS of the Kerch Strait provides aid to vessels at the request of a vessel or by a decision taken by VTS of the Kerch Strait under complex meteorological conditions with no technical equipment to ensure navigation safety on a vessel, or its failure. While rendering aid to vessel VTS of the Kerch Strait regularly transmits information on:

     - the position of a vessel toward a navigation base, a fairway and waypoints;

     - dangers to navigation near a vessel and over the entire route;

     - on the position and movement of other vessels, as well as recommendations related to further movement of a vessel.

     When rendering aid to vessels VTS of the Kerch Strait ensure radar autonomous tracking accurate to no more than:

     - no more than 10 meters in distance;

     - no more than 0.4° in azimuth;

     - no more than 2° in direction of movement;

     - no more than 0.5 knot in movement speed.

     In the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area AIS transmits information on differential corrections of GLONASS/GPS monitoring and correcting stations.

     The procedure and method for providing support to marine navigation, including the communications interval, are coordinated with the vessel. The beginning and the end of support to marine navigation should be approved by both parties. When support for marine navigation is being provided a vessel has to confirm the receipt of information and recommendations from VTS of the Kerch Strait and inform VTS of the Kerch Strait about the actions being taken. 

     If a captain of the vessel finds it impossible to comply with the VTS of the Kerch Strait instructions, they must report to the VTS of the Kerch Strait and inform them about its further actions and intentions.


     The movement of vessels in the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area is organized due to the specifics of the seaports of Kavkaz, Taman and Temryuk based on the 24-hour schedule of vessel handling and movement in the seaports of Kavkaz, Taman and Temryuk, and includes:

     - issuing permits on vessel movement and its handling in the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area;

     - planning the movement of vessels;

     - using vessels’ reports on starting, ending and passing specified points of the route;

     - using routes and priority directions of vessels’ movement;

     - using one-way movement of vessels in the fairway;

     - establishing the speed and the interval of vessels’ movement.

     The 24-hour schedules of vessel movement and handling in the seaports of Kavkaz, Taman and Temryuk are approvedby the captains of the seaports in compliance with the compulsory tegulations in the seaports of Kavkaz, Taman and Temryuk published in the Internet: 

     - in the seaport of Kavkaz;

     - in the seaport of Taman;

     - in the seaport of Temryuk.


     VTS of the Kerch Strait regulates vessels’ movement by conveying them binding instructions as follows:

     - movement priority and the movement start time;

     - the route, the interval and the speed of the movement;

     - the procedure for passing fairways and crossing them;

     - the ban on further movement;

     - anchoring grounds and sheltered locations.

     Any vessel staying in the VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area must obtain a permit from VTS of the Kerch Strait when it intends to clear from alongside or heave the anchor in the seaport of Kavkaz, Taman and Temryuk no more than 15 minutes prior to starting movement. 

     The permit is annulled and should be obtained again if a vessel fails to start permitted actions within 15 minutes.

     In accordance with the Compulsory Regulations in the sea port of Taman, when receiving a request from the VTS of the Kerch Strait for the purpose of identification, the vessel reports its location relative to Cape Zhelezny Rog or performs an identification maneuver. Vessels also report information on embarkation / disembarkation of the pilot on/from board, as well as on exiting to the cross-sections of the approach channel to the berths of the seaport of Taman, to the VTS of the port of Taman.


Operators of the VTS of the Kerch Strait      Vessels remaining in VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage area shall keep constant radio watch on:

     for seaport of Kavkaz

     - on 16 VHF channel, call sign “Kavkaz – Traffic” when passing of the Kerch Strait of Taman navigable path in VTS of the Kerch Strait coverage the vessels carry radio watch on the 10, 14 VHF channels.

     for the seaport of Taman

     - on 16 and 11 VHF communication channels, call sign “Taman-Traffic”.

     for seaport of Temryuk

     - on 69 VHF channel, call sign “Temryuk-Traffic”.

 

Information of the communication channels of very high frequency used in the VTS of the Kerch Strait

 

Communicant

Communication channels of very high frequency

Call sign

 Calling channel

Working
channel

Redundant channel

VTS of the Kerch Strait Center (seaport of Kavkaz) of the Taman Directorate of the FSUE “Rosmorport” Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch

16, 10

10

12

Kavkaz-Traffic

VTS of the Kerch Strait (seaport of Taman) of the Taman Directorate of the FSUE “Rosmorport” Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch

16

11

69

Taman-Traffic

VTS of the Kerch Strait (seaport of Temryuk) of the Taman Directorate of the FSUE “Rosmorport” Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch

16

69

 

Temryuk-Traffic

Inspection of Port State Control in the seaport of Kavkaz FGBI “AMP of the Azov Sea”

16, 10

71

12

Kavkaz-Radio - 5

Inspection of Port State Control in the seaport of Taman FGBI “AMP of the Azov Sea”

16

11

69

Taman-Port-Control

Inspection of Port State Control in the seaport of Temryuk FGBI “AMP of rhe Azov Sea”

16

11

 

Temryuk-Radio-5

 

     Communication not related to the activities of VTS of the Kerch Strait is prohibited on the above-mentioned channels.

     Use of VHF channels for communication between coastal correspondents is not allowed.

     Information on the additional means of communication for the transmission of information, including phone numbers at seaports of the Kavkaz, Taman and Temryuk, is announced by captains of relevant seaports.

     Communication between the VTS of the Kerch Strait operator and the vessels should be carried out in accordance with the “Rules of the radio communication of the maritime mobile service and the maritime mobile satellite service of the Russian Federation”, the message format should conform to IMO Resolution A.851 (20) “General Principles for Vessel Reporting Systems and standards for shipborne reports”. For voice radio contact with the crew of a foreign vessel English language is used with IMO standard phrases for communication at sea. Maintaining radio communications in Russian is allowed subject to receiving of voice confirmation in English from the captain of the vessel, with a record of such evidence in the database system of the documentation data VTS of the Kerch Strait.

 

     Navigation charges are levied for the provision of services of the Taman Directorate of Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch navigation with the use of VTS of the Kerch Strait to vessels calling at the seaports Kavkaz, Taman and Temryuk, transiting through the waters of the seaports and/or through the Kerch Strait. Information on the rates of navigation fees and the procedure for their collection can be found ins the section “Harbor Dues and Tariffs of Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch”.

 

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

 

     The navigation services with the use of Tuapse VTS are provided by Tuapse Department of the Azovo-Chernomorsly Basin Branch to vessels calling at the seaport of Tuapse, as well as transiting through its waters, in accordance with the requirements of  IMO Resolution A.857 (20), General rules of navigation and anchorage in the seaports of the Russian Federation and on the approaches to them, approved by Ministry of Transport of Russia Order No. 463 of 26.10.2017, Compulsory regulations in the sea port of Tuapse approved by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation Order No. 197 of 06.07.2012, as well as the orders of the captain of the seaport of Tuapse in respect of the operational functions of the Tuapse VTS.


     Irrespective of their departmental identity and forms of property all ships and vessels equipped with radio communication of the marine mobile service in the  Tuapse VTS coverage area must comply with the rules for vessel navigation in the Tuapse VTS coverage area.

     A regulatory approval system of vessel movement is effective in the Tuapse VTS coverage area. Vessels enter the Tuapse VTS coverage area and leave it, approach toward to a pilot’s reception position or start moving in the zone upon receipt of a Tuapse VTS operator’s permit.  

     Captains of vessels moving to the seaport of Tuapse must contact Tuapse VTS while entering the coverage area on VHF Channel 10 (the Tuapse-Traffic-Control call sign), take a recognition signal and transmit the following data on:

Tuapse VTS operators     - the name and type of a vessel;

     - nationality of a vessel (the flag);

     - the port of destination;

     - maximum load draught and air draught of a vessel;

     - cargo type and transportation of dangerous cargoes;

     - the failure of ships’ technical facilities and other restrictions having influence upon navigation safety,

     and receive approval for entering (exiting) the Tuapse VTS area. 

     Tuapse VTS is entitled to ask for additional data and information in accordance with the General Rules for Vessel Navigation and Mooring in Russia’s Seaports and on the Approaches Toward Them.

 

     A vessel in the Tuapse VTS coverage area has to report on the pollution of the marine environment, the inconsistency in the operation or the position of aids to navigation, facilities or the phenomena that pose a threat to or hamper navigation.

     When a vessel enters the Tuapse VTS coverage area, Tuapse VTS identifies the vessel and points it at the route, the procedure for passing fairways and their crossings, an anchoring station and reports on a position of a pilot’s embarkation and the route situation, and transmits other information.


     Tuapse VTS transmits navigational, operational and other information at the request of a vessel or by order of the captain of the seaport of Tuapse when the navigation situation changes or may change, when a storm warning is received, or upon other changes can influence navigation safety in the Tuapse VTS coverage area.


     Tuapse VTS provides aid to vessels at the request of a vessel or by a decision taken by Tuapse VTS under complex meteorological conditions with no technical equipment to ensure navigation safety on a vessel, or its failure. While rendering aid to vessel Tuapse VTS regularly transmits information on:

     • he position of a vessel toward a navigation base, a fairway and waypoints;

     • dangers to navigation near a vessel and over the entire route;

     • on the position and movement of other vessels, as well as recommendations related to further movement of a vessel.

     When rendering aid to vessels Tuapse VTS ensure radar autonomous tracking accurate to no more than:

     - no more than 13 meters in distance;

     - no more than 0.57° in azimuth;

     - no more than 1,51° in direction of movement;

     - no more than 0.24 knot in movement speed.

Tuapse VTS operators     In the Tuapse VTS coverage area AIS transmits information on differential corrections of GLONASS/GPS monitoring and correcting stations.

     The procedure for rendering aid to vessels, including an information interval is coordinated between Tuapse VTS and a vessel. Tuapse VTS informs the vessel on the commencement and the end of aid to navigation. The vessel confirms that information and recommendations have been received from Tuapse VTS. It also informs Tuapse VTS on the actions, which are planned to be taken.

     If a captain of the vessel finds it impossible to comply with the Tuapse VTS instructions, they must report to Tuapse VTS and inform about its further actions and intentions.


     The movement of vessels in the Tuapse VTS coverage area is organized due to the specifics of the seaport of Tuapse based on the 24-hour schedule of vessel handling and movement in the seaport of Tuapse and includes:

     - issuing permits on vessel movement and its handling in the Tuapse VTS coverage area;

     - planning the movement of vessels;

     - using vessels’ reports on starting, ending and passing specified points of the route;

     - using routes and priority directions of vessels’ movement;

     - using one-way movement of vessels in the fairway;

     - establishing the speed and the interval of vessels’ movement.

     The 24-hour schedule of vessel movement and handling in the seaport of Sochi is confirmed by the captain of the seaport of Tuapse in compliance with information on the vessel call that has been given to the captain of the seaport of Tuapse through the Internet: www.portcall.marinet.ru and put on the Internet: www.tuapseport.ru/.


     Tuapse VTS regulates vessels’ movement by conveying them binding instructions as follows:

     - movement priority and the movement start time;

     - the route, the interval and the speed of the movement;

     - the procedure for passing fairways and crossing them;

     - the ban on further movement;

     - anchoring grounds and sheltered locations.

     Five minutes before departure any vessel staying in the Tuapse VTS coverage area must obtain a permit from Tuapse VTS when it intends to clear from alongside or heave the anchor in the seaport of Tuapse . 

     The permit is annulled and should be obtained again if a vessel fails to start permitted actions within 10 minutes.


     Connection with Tuapse VTS is established in the Tuapse Seaport through 10 VHF channel (call signal “Tuapse-Traffic-Control”) or by telephone.  

 

     Information about VHF channels used in the Tuapse Seaport

 

Subscriber

High frequency channels

Call signal

Working channel

Alternate channel

Vessel Traffic Management Service

10

67

Tuapse-Traffic-Control

Tuapse Seaport State Control

9

-

Tuapse-Port-Control

 

     Vessels that are in the Tuapse VTS coverage area are to have constant radio watch on the 10 VHF channel.

     Radio communications not related to navigation safety are not acceptable on the VHF channels in the Tuapse Seaport. 

     Information about additional means of communication for the transmission of information including telephone numbers is declared by the Tuapse Seaport Captain.

 

     Communication between the Tuapse VTS operator and the vessels should be carried out in accordance with the “Rules of the radio communication of the maritime mobile service and the maritime mobile satellite service of the Russian Federation”, the message format should conform to IMO Resolution A.851 (20) “General Principles for Vessel Reporting Systems and standards for shipborne reports”. For voice radio contact with the crew of a foreign vessel English language is used with IMO standard phrases for communication at sea.

 

     Navigation charges are levied for the provision of services of the Tuapse Directorate of Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch navigation with the use of Tuapse VTS to vessels calling at the seaport of Tuapse, transiting through the waters of the seaport. Information on the rates of navigation fees and the procedure for their collection can be found ins the section “Harbor Dues and Tariffs of Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch”.


     4. Statistics

     Novorossiysk VTS

Year

Total number of vessels in the VTS coverage area

Including vessels making port calls to the sea port of Novorossiysk

Including vessels making port calls to the sea port of Gelendzhik

Including vessels passing through the VTS coverage area

2007

103,629

102,699

862

68

2008

100,597

99,751

745

101

2009

86,822

86,206

554

62

2010

92,254

91,308

825

121

2011

92,376

91,583

652

141

2012 88,817 88,044 595 178
2013 91,979 91,399 331 249
2014 99,906 98,921 734 251
2015 91,572 90,390 821 361
2016 86,237 85,516 405 316
201786,12685,445485196
 201884,67484,05455565
 201981,10280,81924637

   

     Sochi VTS

YearTotal number of vessels in
the VTS coverage area
Including vessels making port
calls to the sea port of Sochi
2009 18,65418,591
201021,809
21,734
201126,192
26,087
201224,789
24,576
2013
22,641
22,394
201425,633
25,503
201553,313
53,167
201673,780
73,652
2017114,977
114,813
2018101,854
101,140
2019116,020115,906


     VTS of the Kerch Strait

Year

Total number of vessels in the VTS coverage area

Including vessels making port calls to the sea port of Kavkaz

Including vessels making port calls to the sea port of Temryuk

Including vessels making port calls at the seaport of Taman (from 01.10.2012)

Including vessels passing through the Kerch Strait

2007

25,137

8,787

1,724

-

6,447

2008

28,430

6,789

2,202

-

6,967

2009

32,153

6,677

1,906

-

10,142

2010

35,524

8,348

1,902

-

15,229

2011

43,487

12,262

1,965

-

11,838

2012 44,292 12,107 3,539 203 10,978
2013 59,536 47,198 7,517 4,821 11,353
2014 86,957 74,272 8,540 4,145 10,952
2015 100,524 87,064 8,884 4,576 9,969
2016 136,391 86,873 3,577 3,218 11,523
2017154,93992,1543,9271,48319,451
2018134,976110,72810,08314,16510,212
2019108,61280,25311,24217,1179,361

 

     Tuapse VTS

Year

Total number of vessels in the VTS coverage area

Including vessels making port calls to the sea port of Tuapse

Including vessels passing through the Tuapse VTS coverage area

2009

11,260

975

532

2010

14,130

1,341

729

2011

15,100

1,340

677

2012 17,001 1,463 487
2013 17,003 1,336 504
2014 15,318 1,276 420
2015 16,165 1,312 410
2016 14,983 1,282 498
201715,788 1,308594
201814,9221,266524
201917,0271,385605 


     5. Contact Information

     For additional infomation on the terms and conditions of the navigation services with the use of the VTS services provided by the FSUE "Rosmorport" Azovo-Chernomorsky Basin Branch, please contact:

Novorossiysk VTS 
     by phone: 
          +7 (8617) 67-64-25 (round-the-clock) – senior operator on duty, 
          +7 (8617) 67-44-27 (round-the-clock) - operator on duty,
          +7 (8617) 67-64-22 – Novorossiysk VTS head (Mon-Fri, 08:00-17:00),
      or send an application by fax +7 (8617) 67-44-27 or by e-mail: vts1@rmpnovo.ru


Sochi VTS

     by phone

          +7 (8622) 62-16-23 (every 24 hours) – a duty operator of Sochi VTS

     or send an application by fax +7 (8622) 66-98-07 or by e-mail vts@soc.rosmorport.ru

Kerch Strait VTS 
     by phone: 
          +7 (86148) 581-13 (round-the-clock) – Kerch Strait VTS Centre;
      or send an application by fax +7 (86148) 605-80 or by e-mail: Office@tmn.rosmorport.ru

Tuapse VTS
     by phone: 
          +7 (86167) 766-68 (round-the-clock) — operator on duty,
          +7 (86167) 766-70 (Mon-Fri, 10:00-17:00) — sea port of Tuapse VTS head;
     or send an application by fax  +7 (86167) 766-61 or by e-mail: vtsmanager@tuapsermp.ru