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Background

IALA’s Vessel Traffic Services(VTS) Committee is holding a workshop on Harmonising VTS Voice Communication.

  • A key factor in achieving the full potential of VTS globally is the development of international standards for VTS Language that ensure effective communication, including structure and phraseology, which are suitable for both native and non-native English speakers.
  • The 2012 IALA VTS Symposium recognised a compelling need to establish stand-alone communication procedures for VTS to facilitate clear and unambiguous transfer of information.
  • A conclusion of the 2016 IALA VTS Symposium was that interaction and communication is not unique to VTS, and inspiration from other sectors, such as the aviation sector, may facilitate the development of enhanced and harmonized guidance on communication and phraseology.