Fintraffic´s Vessel Traffic Services – safe maritime traffic
Vessel Traffic Management
Vessel Traffic Management provides Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) to merchant shipping and other marine traffic and maintains safety radio operations. In Finland, Vessel Traffic Services are provided by the two VTS Centres of Fintraffic´s Vessel Traffic Services. The Centres’ surveillance areas encompass all coastal merchant shipping lanes and the Saimaa deep fairway.
Toward safer marine traffic
The goal of the Vessel Traffic Service is to improve the safety of marine traffic and facilitate the efficiency and free flow of vessel traffic. It also aims to prevent accidents and mitigate their potential environmental hazards.
To achieve these aims, the VTS Centres operate 24/7 all year round. Thanks to the continuous services, vessels receive information on matters related to safe marine traffic and navigation assistance at all hours. This also maintains a high service level of traffic organization service.
National and international cooperation
Operating from the Gulf of Finland Vessel Traffic Centre, Helsinki Traffic monitors international waters in the Gulf of Finland in cooperation with Russia and Estonia. The jointly organized ship reporting system GOFREP encompasses the entire Gulf of Finland, with the exception of territorial VTS areas. Traffic in the South Åland Sea TSS is monitored by Åland Sea Traffic at the Western Finland VTS Centre.
In addition to international cooperation, the VTS Centres work in close cooperation with authorities, ports and other partners.
Saimaa VTS maintains distress and safety radio traffic in the Saimaa region and forwards distress calls to the police, rescue authorities and other cooperation partners.
When necessary, VTS provides assistance to authorities and supervises compliance with the Pilotage Act.
The ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System certificate has been issued for vessel traffic management by Kiwa Inspecta.
Quality policy of Fintraffic´s Vessel Traffic Services:
The quality criteria that our operations aim to meet are laid down in the quality policy of Fintraffic´s Vessel Traffic Services.
Our goal is to improve the safety and flow of vessel traffic and to prevent accidents and any environmental damage resulting from them by all means available to our company. We ensure Finland's competitiveness in logistics with our continuously evolving operations.
We operate in accordance with international and national regulations and our company's values and guidelines.
Keeping our customers and stakeholders satisfied is important to us, and we aim to do so both by continuously developing our operations and by promoting effective cooperation with our stakeholders.
The core of our operations is motivated and competent personnel, for whom we provide a pleasant and safe working environment.
Fintraffic´s Vessel Traffic Services’ management is committed to developing its operations and regularly evaluating the effectiveness of its quality management system.