Vessel Traffic Service

Builds on AIS

Includes land-based vessel traffic controller

Does not replace pilot’s authority

Complements pilot as in air traffic control

Coast Guard is implementing in selected major ports

Valdez, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Morgan City, Louisville, Sault Ste. Marie, and New York currently have VTCs. 

VTC in New Orleans is being developed.

Not likely to impact commercial fishing