Many countries have operated Vessel Traffic Service(VTS) to prevent marine casualties and oil spills which may cause the loss of human lives, properties and marine pollution in their coastal waters. VTS has been known as a service implemented by a competent authority, designed to improve the safety and efficiency of vessel traffic and to protect the environment. In order to provide services effectively, operators in VTS center should have the capability to interact with the traffic and to respond to traffic situations developing in the jurisdiction area of waters.
Under the consideration of the fact that consistent, quality training of VTS operator is very important to ensure the effective ness of the ser vice provided, International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities(IALA) published a Recommendation in nineteen ninety-eight that VTS Authorities be provided with sufficient staff, appropriately qualified, suitably trained and capable of performing the tasks required. IALA also published a Guideline on the use of simulator to make the training be effective.
Based on these Recommendation and Guideline from IALA, an instruction about the training and qualification of VTS operators was made by Korean VTS authority. The model courses for the training were also developed by taking into account the previous training and experience of VTS operator, and the simulator were equipped at the Korea Institute of Maritime and Fisheries Technology(KIMFT) to deal with the relevant Training.
In spite of the fact in Korea that the procedures and contents of the training of VTS operators have been good under way, the simulator has not been enough to make training fully satisfactory because of several signs of improvement. Those signs include that the simulator has inaccurate method for calculating ship's movement and that it is in the place inconvenient for training.
In this paper, a simulator was proposed to make up for the weak points in the current simulator. The proposed simulator adopts mathematical model for calculating ship's movement which heightens the effect of training with simulator. And also it could be used through the Internet so as to make long-distance training possible without visiting the KIMFT. It could be expected by using the proposed simulator that the effectiveness and convenience of the training with simulator would be improved.