Vessel Traffic Officer

A Vessel Traffic Officer organises safe and efficient port operation activities which are environmentally acceptable.

They coordinate ships within the port and harbor to avoid collisions by managing movements from a port control centre using computerised vessel traffic management systems. Vessel Traffic Officer’s must have strong communication skills as they are in constant contact with the Ship’s Master, shipping agents, and port/terminal operators. They also should be able to handle emergency situations in a calm and efficient manner as the port control centre is the communication hub in any emergency situation.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Vessel Traffic Officers operate radar and radio equipment
  • Record a ship’s current position, forecast traffic flows and plot courses
  • Keeping the entrances and busy channels to ports free of incidents by using strong communication and good planning

Industry facts

  • The Vessel Traffic Officers job load is dependent on the size of the port and the number of ship movements.
  • This job may involve working shifts to cover the 24-hour, seven days a week demands of the role.
  • There are about 60 port operator businesses in Australia, but more than 95% of volume is handled in 20 ports and they employ approximately 4,205 people.

Entry Qualifications

Training qualification:

  • VTS Operators Certificate

Estimated Salary

$42,000 – $86,581 (median – $64,290)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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