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PRINCIPAL FUNCTIONS OF EMDEN VTS EMS

BASIC AIMS AND SCOPES OF THE VTS CENTRE

Service is carried out according to special instructions (VV WSV 2408) which are on
principle compliant with international standards.

Extracts from IMO Guidelines

Special. functions

Shipping Police Functions

The VTS operators are authorized and obliged to direct administrative messages to vessels -
preferably using Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP) as follows:

Message Markers Type and Effect of Message
Information Announcement with regard to existing facts in the area ahead, application being to addressees
Advice Recommendation which should be observed not yet binding.
Instruction Obligatory order by shipping police direction which must be followed. Refusals and offences can be recorded and prosecuted.
Others WARNINGS/REQUESTS/INTENTIONS/QUESTIONS/ANSWERS (self explaining)

VTS staff