The Korea Coast Guard and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries announced that they have ended the unification of the membership of the dualized maritime traffic control management personnel into the Korea Coast Guard.
VTS (Vessel Traffic Service) is a place where ship safety information is provided for marine accident prevention and ship traffic management. Thus, the Korea Coast Guard have unified all 466 VTS operators which manage 15 ports, including Incheon Port, and five coastal areas, including Jindo.
Initially, 336 operators from the Coast Guard and 130 from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries were working at the 20 maritime traffic control centers, which were operated by the Coast Guard and the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry separately.
To strengthen vessel traffic safety, the operational authority transferred from the MAF to KCG in 2014. However, due to concerns that the port operation could be disrupted, some of the operators at the 15 port VTS have been dispatched to the Korea Coast Guard. However, systematic manpower management difficulties have emerged as the control authority of VTS was dualized into the Korea Coast Guard and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
"We expect that the unified Korea Coast Guard will further improve the role of the Vessel Traffic Control Center to prevent ship crashes and other maritime accidents," said Lee Sang-bok, director of the maritime traffic control division at the Korea Coast Guard.