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State-of-the-art Simulation

Vessel Traffic Services is our state of the art shore-side simulation system, providing some of our commercial marine courses. They let delegates practice a range of real life Vessel Traffic Services situations, from providing ships with simple information such as meteorological hazard warnings or the position of other traffic, to managing traffic extensively within a port or waterway.

Our VTS courses are ideal for merchant navy training. Our Kongsberg C-Scope VTS suite is fully integrated into its own desktop bridge system as well as to all 14 of our main bridge simulators, including two with 360 visuals; providing the most realistic experience and a software as close to actual VTS installations.

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Our VTS equipment

Our Vessel Traffic Services equipment includes:


  • Four shore-based VTS Operator workstations get data input from radar scanners and AIS locations within the exercise area. 


  • Nine operators and up to two instructors can observe a birds-eye view of the VTS area of responsibility, and there is also a dedicated VTS Supervisor workstation.


  • We use digital audio communications, capable of full recording and synchronisation within the exercise scenario for debrief purposes.

Success Story

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“In an ever-changing marine world, new types of vessels and new berths are always arriving in all ports around the world. At Tees Bay Pilots, whenever we need to supplement our vast knowledge and experience with a particular new challenge, the team at the South Shields Marine School’s simulator is always on hand to support. The simulator also enables Tees Bay Pilots to carry out annual training, alongside VTS operatives and tug crews, practising certain manoeuvres, conditions and emergency scenarios.”

Jon Nuttal
Chairman, Tees Bay Pilots
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