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Reporting is compulsory for:

  • Vessels exceeding 300 GRT.
  • All vessels, inclucing tows, of over 45 metres in length.
  • Fishingvessel in commercial operation irrespective of size. 

Information service

The VTS inform concerned vessels about the occurrence of other vessels in the fairway and other relevant information which will have influence on safe navigation in the traffic area.

All vessels attending the reporting system shall continuously listen on VHF channel 13 and 16. 

Vessels shall report to the VTS as follows

When entering a VTS area or before leaving berth/anchorage area:

  1. Vessel's Name (A),
  2. Call Sign (A),
  3. Closest name of reporting line or Geographical location (C or D),
  4. Intended Route (L),
  5. Destination (I), and
  6. Draught (O).

A vessel may not depart from berth or anchorage in the Göteborg VTS Area without having first received VTS permission.

When passing stated reporting points, (in the direction of the arrow in the charts)

  1. Vessel's Name (A),
  2. Reporting Point, and
  3. Destination (I).

The following information must be submitted to the VTS Centre when change of intended route is made

  1. Vessel's Name (A),
  2. Position (C or D),
  3. New Intended Route (L), and
  4. Destination (I).
The following information must be submitted to the VTS Centre upon arrival at the berth or at anchorage:
  1. Vessel's Name (A),
  2. Position (C or D).
The following information must be submitted to the VTS Centre at fault, or damage to machinery, equipment or instruments that are substantially likely to impair the ship's safe navigation and maneuvering:
  1. Vessel's Name (A),
  2. Position (C or D)
  3. Destination
  4. The failure or damage which is the reason for reporting (Q).

On request from the VTS centre, vessel shall:

- provide information to the VTS centre even at times other than those mentioned above, and

- supplement the notification with additional details if needed so ship traffic will be able to move safely and efficiently in the VTS area.

Reporting of accidents and incidents

Upon marine casualty, JRCC shall be alerted immediately (call "Sweden Rescue"). In addition, the VTS centre should be promptly informed, in the event of or observed grounding, collision, incident, accident or other factors affecting the safety and accessibility in the fairway.

Use of AIS

The captain is required to ensure that the static, dynamic, and travel related information in the ship's AIS is always correct in accordance with IMO Res. A.917 (22), Res.A.956 (23) and UFS snippets No 1963 (incl. appendix) and No. 2328th.


Ships in the VTS area shall always keep watch on applicable VHF channel.

Other traffic

Vessels not covered by the mandatory reporting system, and has a VHF radio, should keep continuous watch on applicable traffic channel when engaged in the  traffic area. The notification referred to above should be made if circumstances make it appropriate.

Source: TSFS 2009:56

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