Offshore Vessel Traffic Service


Offshore Vessel Traffic Service


Do you want to avoid maritime safety risks around your offshore projects, reduce the cost of damaged or lost equipment and ensure the safety of your personnel?

Royal Dirkzwager´s offshore Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) provides the answer.


For many years Royal Dirkzwager´s deep-sea pilots have been present on board  offshore oil & gas platforms, pipe and cable laying barges and survey-vessels, serving as VTS pilots.

These experienced pilots navigate the English Channel and North Sea on a daily basis on all types of vessels and few people will have more experience in all nautical aspects of shipping in this congested sea-area.
Our Offshore VTS pilots supervise the traffic in the near vicinity of an offshore project in progress as well as the provision and broadcast of safety information to ships in the vicinity of that project.
Also shipping information is provided to the involved project management, in close cooperation with the responsible authorities for the relevant sea area.


By establishing Offshore VTS in such ‘sensitive’ areas, the other sea traffic is observed 24/7, safety information is broadcasted regularly and, if necessary, vessels that are about to cause a potentially harmful situation are warned and/or forced to deviate from their dangerous course. In this way, damage to material, ships and structures can be prevented.


For the 2014 offshore season we expect a high level of offshore activities on drilling rigs, survey vessels and also salvage operations. In order to meet these demands we recently trained and welcomed three new fully qualified Deep Sea Pilots with an Offshore VTS certificate.

Our team is fully ready for this challenging year!