TasPorts operates as a Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Authority, as certified by AMSA as the Competent Authority under the Navigation Act 2012 and Marine Order 64 (Vessel Traffic Services).

The TasPorts VTS Centre is operated 24/7 and has AIS and VHF coverage of the VTS Areas.

The objectives of the TasPorts VTS Authority are:
  • Assist with the safe and efficient vessel movements and the safety, security and resilience of Tasmania’s coastal waterways;
  • Enhance navigational safety by interacting with shipping to provide information on potential traffic conflicts and other navigational safety information
  • Minimise the risk of maritime incidents, consequential ship-sourced pollution and damage to the marine environment
  • Maintain an effective VTS quality management system
  • Ensure compliance with relevant statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Endeavour at all times to maximise stakeholder satisfaction with services provided
  • Provide an ability to respond quickly in the event of any safety or pollution incident
Services Provided

Services Provided

Services Provided

TasPorts provides a continuous service to monitor and manage the movement of participating vessels within the VTS areas.

The services provided in each area are detailed below, as described in the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authority (IALA) Guidelines and Recommendations:

  • Information Service (INS): a service that provides essential and timely information to assist the on board decision-making process, and
  • Traffic Organisation Service (TOS): a service to prevent the development of dangerous maritime traffic situations and to provide for the safe and efficient movement of vessel traffic within the VTS Area.
Bell Bay VTS AreaINS, TOS
Devonport VTS AreaINS, TOS

Burnie VTS Area

Port Latta VTS AreaINS, TOS
Stanley VTS AreaINS, TOS
Grassy VTS AreaINS, TOS
Strahan VTS AreaINS
Hobart VTS Area


Coles Bay VTS AreaINS
Lady Baron VTS AreaINS, TOS

A Participating Vessel means all vessels of LOA 35m and greater operating in a TasPorts VTS Area. These vessels are required to participate in the Vessel Traffic Service.

All participating vessels within TasPorts VTS areas are to report to VTS for the following circumstances:

  • Submit an online Movement Request through ‘PortMate’ at least 72hrs prior to planned arrival and
  • Report to VTS via VHF:
    • When entering or departing a VTS Area
    • When anchoring or heaving anchor within a VTS Area
    • If ‘Not Under Command’ or ‘Restricted in Ability to Manoeuvre’ within a VTS Area
    • If involved in collision, grounding or close quarters situation
    • When requesting clearance to enter port limits (for pilot exempt vessels)
    • When entering port limits (for piloted vessels)
    • One hour prior to a planned departure from a berth (for traffic information and confirmation of departure)
    • Within five minute of departing a berth (last line), to request clearance to proceed
    • When commencing and completing bunker operations
    • When commencing and completing work that requires a work permit
    • When port safety or the environment may be compromised or the Master considers a report is warranted

All participating vessels are to report to VTS as per above and maintain a listening watch at all times whilst in a VTS Area on the VHF channel detailed below.

Email: vts@tasports.com.au

Phone: 1300 366 742

VTS Area callsigns, VTS VHF Channels and pilot/towage working channels are listed below.

Port and VTS areas

VTS Callsign

VTS Channel

Pilotage/towage working VHF Channel

Bell Bay VTS Area, Launceston, Bell Bay, Inspection Head

Bell Bay VTS

14, 16


Devonport VTS Area, Devonport

Devonport VTS

14, 16


Burnie VTS Area, Burnie

Burnie VTS

14, 16


Port Latta VTS Area, Port Latta

Port Latta VTS

14, 16


Stanley VTS Area, Stanley

Stanley VTS

14, 16


Grassy VTS Area, Grassy, King Island

Grassy VTS

14, 16


Strahan VTS Area, Strahan

Strahan VTS

12, 16


Hobart VTS Area, Hobart, Port Arthur, Port Huon, D'Entrecasteaux channel

Hobart VTS

12, 16


Coles Bay VTS Area

Coles Bay VTS

12, 16


Lady Baron VTS Area

Lady Baron VTS

14, 16


TasPorts VTS Centre have access to hydrological and meteorological data to maintain comprehensive situational awareness of the VTS areas. TasPorts hydrological subsystem consists of sensors and readouts that provide data on the following:

  • Wind speed and direction
  • Tidal current speed and direction
  • Tide height

The TasPorts VTS Centre will continuously monitor environmental information and provide advice on existing conditions to vessel masters and pilots upon request. Any potential adverse weather events that could impact on the safe working of a port will be reported to masters and pilots as appropriate.

Section 214 of the Navigation Act 2012 (Liability of master or owner under vessel traffic service arrangements) states that:

  1. The master of a vessel is not relieved from responsibility for the conduct and navigation of the vessel merely because the vessel is subject to vessel traffic service arrangements.
  2. A requirement under a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory that vessel traffic service arrangements be complied with does not affect the liability of the owner or master of a vessel that complies with such arrangements for:
    1. loss or damage caused by the vessel; or
    2. loss or damage caused by a fault of the navigation of the vessel

Master of any participating vessel within a TasPorts VTS Area shall:

  1. Comply with any direction which may be given by VTS within a VTS Area that is a Traffic Organisation Service;
  2. Comply with the requirements of marine legislation;
  3. Navigate in accordance with the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea published 20 October 1972, as modified by Schedule 4 to the Marine Safety Act 1998 and in force for Australia from time to time.

The Master of any participating vessel within the VTS Area shall comply with the provisions of AMSA Marine Order 64 (Vessel Traffic Services). The Master must:

  • Give to a VTS authority each report or any information the VTS authority requires the master to provide.
  • Comply with each instruction for the movement of a the vessel given by the VTS Authority

Please find vessel forms below for download.

If required, all forms should be submitted to vts@tasports.com.au