WASHINGTON — The safety study assessing the effectiveness of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Vessel Traffic Service System was published by the National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday.
The safety study, entitled “An Assessment of the Effectiveness of the U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service System” (NTSB/SS-16/01), was accepted and approved by the NTSB members during a public meeting held Sept. 13, 2016.
Safety issue areas identified during the study include; variation in the use of Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service authority, inadequate VTS watchstander training and qualification, VTS system limitations, and insufficient safety risk management of VTS areas.
The National Transportation Safety Board examined the Coast Guard VTS system’s ability to detect, recognize and provide mariners with timely warning of traffic conflicts and other unsafe situations, and to control vessel traffic movements in the interest of safety.
A total of 21 safety recommendations were issued by the NTSB with 17 issued to the U.S. Coast Guard, one to the American Pilots’ Association, two to the American Waterways Operators and one to the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services.
An Assessment of the Effectiveness of the U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service System, NTSB/SS-16/01) is available at http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-studies/Pages/SS1601.aspx