Naval Vessel Traffic Services: Enhancing the Safety of Merchant Shipping in Maritime Security Operations   [open pdf - 587KB]

"Vessel traffic services (VTSs) ensure the safe and efficient handling of traffic on busy waterways like the English Channel and the approaches to New York. This technique, wherein electronic sensors and communication systems are used to manage traffic actively, can also be used in maritime security operations (MSOs) to enhance safety in areas with risks related to asymmetric threats.1 Nowadays a limited form of VTS is deployed for MSO situated in international waters. These services, provided by naval cooperation and guidance for shipping (NCAGS) organizations, are focused on building maritime domain awareness (MDA) and providing naval-related safety information to merchant shipping. Structuring and monitoring of vessel traffic, unfortunately, is supported only poorly, or not at all, by NCAGS. This is a serious omission, as structuring and monitoring vessel traffic make earlier detection of dangerous situations possible, render ships harder to attack, and minimize possible cascading effects to ship traffic from harassment or attack. Moreover, compared to alternatives such as escorts and convoys, there would be less delay to shipping, while the need for military assets may be reduced through improved efficiency."

Author:Konig, H. de
Sluiman, Ir. F. J.
Publisher:Naval War College (U.S.)
Copyright:2010 Naval War College Review. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
Retrieved From:Naval War College Review: http://www.usnwc.edu/Publications/Naval-War-College-Review.aspx
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Source:Naval War College Review (Summer 2010), v.63 no.3, p.123-137
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