The Manual provides a source of reference on the establishment and provision of VTS for all stakeholders.
It also provides a pointer to the suite of IALA Standards related to VTS and the associated Recommendations, Guidelines, and Model Courses that any VTS professional may seek.
The purpose of the VTS Manual is to assist Contracting Governments, Competent Authorities, and VTS Providers harmonizing the delivery of VTS worldwide by providing a comprehensive overview of all aspects relating to the provision of VTS.
The Manual is also aimed at a wide readership to encompass all who are in any way involved with the policy for provision, operation and effectiveness of VTS, including those with management responsibility at national level and those who deliver services to the mariner.
The VTS Manual is intended to complement IALA documentation relating to VTS. It is not intended to replicate the information and guidance in these documents or be prescriptive about the practices described within them. Rather, it provides a roadmap to assist authorities meet their obligations for the establishment and operation of VTS in a consistent manner. Key IALA documentation associated with this Manual may be found on the IALA web site www.iala-aism.org.