Vessel Traffic System

Vessel Traffic System or VTS has taken an important first step in the enhancement of traffic safety and its minimisation of traffic hazards within the territorial waters of Malaysia at Straits of Malacca.

VTS comprises of Ground Based Microwave Radar Sub-System, VHF and HF Radio, and a fully integrated Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System. Through the system, the Waterways of the Straits are represented as a multi-lane highway with lanes catered for northbound and southbound vessels called the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). In addition the System divides the Straits into 9 sectors that are enhanced by the radar coverage found at various Remote Sensor Sites (RSS). Display and data processing equipment are located at Area Control Centres (ACCs) and at the Maritime Enforcement Coordination Centre (MECC).

The flexible design of the control centres allows authorisation for users to obtain selected information on a need-to-know-basis. The Control Centres are linked together through a 24-hours, 100% availability communication system that comprises of routers, state-of-the-art communication gear with the Microwave linkages provided by Telekom Berhad.

This communication system allows personnel from any ACC to transmit data, tracks, Vessel Information, and other pertinent information to any one of the four existing Control Centres. With the implementation of this solution for the Straits the Government of Malaysia has ensured Malaysia's place in the forum of safety and efficiency in traffic management through its waterways.