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About the Vessel Traffic Service (VTS)

The Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) is an international standardised service operated by the Norwegian Coastal Administration in Norway to ensure safe passage, efficient navigation and protection of the environment in the coastal zone.

The Norwegian Coastal Administration has five VTS centres that provide information and organise and monitor maritime traffic in defined VTS areas along the coast. The VTS centres are a risk-reducing measure aimed at preventing unwanted traffic situations arising in defined risk areas with large volumes of traffic and where many vessels are carrying hazardous and/or noxious cargos.

The Norwegian VTS is based on national regulations, international regulations from the United Nations International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and standards from the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA).

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