AFS Consultants was established to provide specialist Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) training and support to nautical colleges, port authorities and VTS equipment suppliers worldwide.

Our consultants, having long established experience in the maritime industry, pride themselves on their professionalism within that industry. Their commitment is to provide independent, specialist training and support in either predefined or bespoke training projects.

In addition to their extensive marine experience, knowledge and qualifications, our consultants hold recognised teaching qualifications and are members of the requisite professional bodies in both of these disciplines. The AFS Consultants team possess a complementary blend of teaching and training skills coupled with marine knowledge and know-how. AFS Consultants have an excellent reputation in the industry.

Our proven services are delivered at recognised accredited training organisations, training facilities and at Clients own premises, both in the UK and at overseas locations.

AFS Consultants have provided both the trainer and the courses for VTS Operator and VTS Supervisor training, delivered on behalf of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Lloyds Register Approved Training Provider

 AFS Consultants are an Approved Training Provider (ATP) under the Lloyd's Register ATP  scheme. The ATP scheme independently verifies that the  specific courses provided by  AFS Consultants are delivered to a recognised  standard, in line with national and      international standards.

VTS Training Overview

AFS Consultants can provide VTS training to the appropriate standard for:

  • IALA V103-1 VTS Operator
  • IALA V103-2 VTS Supervisor Advancement
  • IALA V103-3 VTS On the Job Training
  • IALA V103-4 VTS On the Job Instructor
  • VTS Refresher


AFS Consultants are Corporate Members of the Vessel Traffic Services Association.

Support Services

AFS Consultants have extensive experience in VTS support services including:

  • Supplementary VTS training to the IALA standard for modules 3, 4 & 6
  • Local Port Services (LPS) training
  • Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) training
  • Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP) training


Latest News

First courses delivered in Middle East under new contract with major ports group.

Following the award of a contract to supply VTS Training in the United Arab Emirates to Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), two of our consultants recently completed the inaugural training mission. Candidates received IALA module 4 Nautical Knowledge training and went onto experience the IALA V103/1 Underpinning Knowledge and VTS simulator training in a new Kongsberg VTS simulation suite.

Our consultants also assisted ADPC gain Competent Authority accreditation from the UAE NTA for VTS training. In addition, the consultants were able to support  the ADPC training institution with their successful audit process for Lloyds Register.

As part of the same mission, AFS Consultants also delivered STCW Human Element in Leadership and Management (HELM) training at operational level (O) to candidates.

Posted: December 2013