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PH Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS)
« on: October 17, 2016, 01:46:40 PM »
The PCG and Philippine Ports Authority are working together to satisfy the Philippines' responsibilities to International Conviction on the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).

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http://www.imo.org/en/About/conventions/listofconventions/pages/international-convention-for-the-safety-of-life-at-sea-(solas),-1974.aspx

Chapter V - Safety of navigation
Chapter V identifies certain navigation safety services which should be provided by Contracting Governments and sets forth provisions of an operational nature applicable in general to all ships on all voyages. This is in contrast to the Convention as a whole, which only applies to certain classes of ship engaged on international voyages.
 
The subjects covered include the maintenance of meteorological services for ships; the ice patrol service; routeing of ships; and the maintenance of search and rescue services.
 
This Chapter also includes a general obligation for masters to proceed to the assistance of those in distress and for Contracting Governments to ensure that all ships shall be sufficiently and efficiently manned from a safety point of view.
 
The chapter makes mandatory the carriage of voyage data recorders (VDRs) and automatic ship identification systems (AIS).
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Re: PH Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS)
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2016, 01:50:55 PM »
From: http://www.coastguard.gov.ph/index.php/memorandums/memorandum-of-agreement/pcg-and-philippine-ports-authority

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

This Memorandum of Agreement, entered into by and between:

The PHILIPPINE PORTS AUTHORITY, a government agency created by virtue of presidential Degree No. 857, as amended, with principal office at PPA Building, Bonifacio Drive, South Harbor, Port Area, Manila herein represented by its General Manager, ATTY. OSCAR M. SEVILLA herein after referred to as PPA;

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The PHILIPPINES COAST GUARD, a government agency created by virtue of Republic Act No. 5172, with principal office at #139 25th Street, Port Area, Manila herein represented by the Commandant VADM WILFREDO D. TAMAYO hereinafter referred to as PCG.

WITNESSETH:

WHEREAS, the PPA is mandated by law to establish, maintain and operate port infrastructure design to enhance the safety of ships entering and leaving port environs and adjacent sealance;

WHEREAS, the PPA establish the Vessel Traffic Management Systems (VTMS) at the Port District of Manila and Port of Batangas with the following objectives:

1. To enhance vessel traffic service of waterways;
2. To ensure safety of navigation of vessels;
3. To safeguard the security of vessels, facilities, individuals, and their properties;
4. To protect the marine environment of surrounding waters; and
5. To provide users of the VTMS timely information and necessary assistance within the VTMS covered area.

WHEREAS, the establishment of the VTMS is in the accordance with the International Conviction on the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) , 1974, as amended, which the Philippines has adopted and ratified;

WHEREAS, the PCG is mandated to enforce and assist, within its capabilities, in the enforcement of all applicable laws upon the high seas and waters within the jurisdiction of the Philippines;

WHEREAS, in order to minimize the risk of collision, the PCG has establish the Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) for vessels navigating through Corregidor Island passages and Verde Island passageways located in the provinces of Cavite and Batangas, respectively;

WHEREAS, said TSS lanes established by the PCG have been made an integral part of the VTMS covered areas;

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing premises, and in order to further promote safety of life at sea and protection of the marine environment, the PPA and the PCG hereby agree that they will jointly implement the VTMS, subject to the following guidelines:

A. The PPA shall:

1. Direct and supervise the operation of the VTMS Control Centers
2. Designate VTMS Manager/Supervisor who shall be responsible for the over all operation of the VTMS Control Centers
3. Main workstations covering part of the Manila Bay, Batangas Bay and Balayan Bay including the harbor limits located within the bay
4. Operate and maintain the VTMS Control Centers and radar stations
5. Assign and least nine (9) personnel to man the Control Centers and sustain a 24/7 day operation
6. Provide security in each VTMS Control Center and its respective Radar Stations
7. Provide training for personnel assigned as VTMS operators and those in charge of the servicing and maintenance of VTMS relay stations
8. Authorize PCG use the VTMS facility and equipment in broadcasting Notice to Mariners (NOTAM), weather bulletins and other maritime safety information, as well as, for other purposes related in the enforcement of the PCG mandate
9. Be responsible for the establishment and enforcement of house rules covering the command and control arrangement, access control, security arrangements and other related matters
10. Designate the Port District Manager- Manila/Northern Luzon and Port Manager – Batangas as coordinators for VTMS Control Center Manila and Batangas respectively

B. The PCG shall:

1. Assign at least nine (9) PCG personnel in its Control Center to augment their PPA counterparts in manning VTMS Control Centers on a 24/7- day operation.
2. In coordination to the training and skills that assigned PCG personnel shall acquire, the PCG shall ensure that their assignment with the VTMS Control Centers will not be less than two (2) years unless, others, terminated for cause.
3. Designated the Station Commanders of CGS Manila and CGS Batangas as PCG coordinators for VTMS Control Center Manila and Batangas, respectively:
4. Upon request by the PPA, assist in security augmentation in the VTMS operation.
5. Man workstation per Control Center covering
a. Corregidor’s surrounding water and approaches and part of the Manila Bay; and
b. Verde Island’s north and south passageways
6. Make available one (1) appropriate watercraft within VTMS Manila and Batangas controlled areas for rapid deployment during calls for search and rescue, oil pollution, piracy, sea jacking, an other emergencies and VTMS related missions

The parties further agree that:

1. There shall be a regular coordinative meeting at least once a month among the PPA, PCG, and the VTMS Staff to be called by PPA
2. They shall, within the framework of this Agreement explore the areas of cooperation including but not limited to logistical support, personnel, security and other related matters
3. Any modifications or changes in this Memorandum of Agreement shall be made only with the mutual and written consent of both parties and that changes shall be deemed part of the Agreement

This Memorandum of Agreement shall take effect signing of the same by herein contracting parties

IN WITHNESS WHEREOF, the parties have hereunto set their hands on this 26th day of February 2009, at Manila, Philippines.

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http://www.marina.gov.ph/national_forum/Session%202/Session%202.5.1%20VTMS%20Batangas.pdf



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Re: PH Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS)
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2016, 01:53:27 PM »
Philippine Coast Guard to Operate PHIVIDEC Vessel Traffic Management System
Jul 4th, 2009 · 0 Comment

http://www.cdodev.com/2009/07/04/philippine-coast-guard-to-operate-phividec-vessel-traffic-management-system/

The Philippine Coast Guard has formally assumed responsibility to operate the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) facility and its equipment at the PHIVIDEC compound in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. In a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed today between Coast Guard Commandant ADMIRAL WILFREDO D. TAMAYO PCG and Philippine Veterans Development Industrial Corporation (PHIVIDEC) administrator Ms. NIMFA U. ALONG-ALBANIA at the VTMS control tower, the eight storey control tower equipped with three (3) radar data processor, a recording/playback processor, and two (2) JRV 500B VHF Transceiver will be manned and operated by the Coast Guard District Northern Mindanao based in Cagayan de Oro City.

Under the MOA, PCG personnel will provide personnel with technical capabilities to operate the VTMS but its operational overheads like water and power supply, and maintenance of the equipment will be shouldered by PHIVIDEC. The PCG aside from detailing personnel will also deploy at least two (2) sea craft in northern Mindanao to assist in the security not only of PHIVIDEC but all the vital installations in northern Mindanao coastal areas particularly in Misamis Oriental.

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PHIVIDEC VTMS in Cagayan de Oro







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Re: PH Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS)
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Re: PH Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS)
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2016, 02:07:20 PM »
PPA earmarking P6b to expand govt ports
posted July 11, 2016 at 11:35 pm by  Darwin G. Amojelar

http://thestandard.com.ph/business/210507/ppa-earmarking-p6b-to-expand-govt-ports.html

State-run Philippine Ports Authority said it is spending P6 billion this year to expand government-owned ports nationwide.

The port authority said the P6 billion budget would finance locally-funded projects, such as the upgrade and rehabilitation of ports in Iloilo, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga.

PPA said as of end-March, it had completed nine infrastructure projects worth P313.03 million.

PPA said it was also installing vessel traffic management system in ports of Roxas in Oriental Mindor, Iloilo, Davao and Zamboanga.

VTMS  has the capability to identify vessels and to strategically plan their movement, which is  critical for the safety, security and environmental protection of the country’s ports and harbors.

PPA general manager Jay Daniel Santiago said the agency was prioritizing the safety in port operations and value-added services in different ports for the convenience of passengers and better efficiency and productivity for cargo operations.

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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2016, 03:08:14 PM »
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Re: PH Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS)
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2016, 05:06:34 PM »
Watch towers, radars in Cebu for vessels plying Mactan Channel
15 of august 2016

http://news.anotao.com/link/ph/2016080184875/cebudailynews.inquirer.net/101615/watch-towers-radars-in-cebu-for-vessels-plying-mactan-channel

TRAVELING via the Mactan Channel will be a lot safer as the Philippine Coast Guard completes installation of its three radars and control towers next year.

“All the vessels coming in and out of the (Mactan) Channel will be automatically identified by our Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS),” Coast Guard Commandant Rear Admiral William Melad told Cebu Daily News.

He said vessels that won’t follow their usual route and traffic scheme will be monitored by cameras installed within the radars and towers.

The three radar towers will be set up in Bantolinao Point (north), the middle radar will be in between the old and new Mactan-Mandaue bridges and the third radar will be along Talisay City.

“Exchange of communications will be improved. It will be faster,” Melad told CDN.

The VTMS is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which spent Y1.152 billion for the project.

The VTMS in Mactan Channel is the third in the country after those in Corregidor Island and Verde Island.

Melad said the Cebu Ports Authority (CPA) placed 10 buoys along Mactan Channel.

Melad said the markers are placed at the critical areas of Mactan Channel especially at the entrance portion to guide the vessels on where to enter.

Completion of the VTMS will come nearly three years after the MV St. Thomas Aquinas sank at Lauis Ledge in Talisay City.

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Re: PH Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS)
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2019, 12:11:51 PM »
https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/12/27/philippine-coast-guard-in-2018-ending-the-year-fully-equipped/

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Vessel traffic management system

Aiming to prevent yet another deadly collision of vessels, the first ever vessel traffic management system that oversees maritime traffic was launched in Cebu in February.

The Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) is composed of VTMS control center and three radar stations that are strategically located at the headquarters of Coast Guard District Central Visayas, Talisay, Bantalinao and Interbridge to have full coverage of vessel movements.
 
The system aims to prevent maritime traffic along Cebu-Mactan Channel.

The Port of Cebu, according to Coast Guard, was considered as the first port to have a traffic management system because it is the second largest domestic port in the Philippines and a maritime hub for the Visayan region. It is also one of the busiest maritime traffic in the country.

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