Introduction to Port Operations


Course also known as: Introduction to Port Operations

This course meets V-103/1 Prerequisite (Element 1, Option 1) and is designed for candidates wishing to undertake the VTS Operator (V-103/1) course who have not worked in a VTS Centre.

Introduction to Port Operations provides an overview of basic port operations.  It includes modules on basic nautical knowledge, an introduction to port operations, legislation, vessel traffic management and communications.  The course addresses the main elements identified in IALA Guideline 1142.  

Introduction to Port Operations may also be of interest to those working in the maritime industry who require and understanding of the modules presented.

The online course is presented over 8 modules:

  • Legislation and Allied Services
  • Communications
  • Terminology in the Port Environment
  • Ships and Cargoes
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Monitoring and Supporting Port Operations
  • Risk and Mitigation
  • Responding to Emergencies

Participants will need to successfully complete the following in order to achieve competence and be issued with a certificate: 

  • All activities required 
  • Assessment with a pass mark of 70% 

Participants will be assigned an Instructor to assist with the training program. The Instructor will review each participant's activities as they are completed and provide feedback as appropriate. The Instructor will also be available to answer any questions and help with research activities if required.


Approximately 15 hours online.  It is recommended the course be undertaken over a 2 week time period.

Equipment Required

Introduction to Port Operations is provided using the University of Tasmania’s online learning environment, MyLO.

The course involves the viewing of multiple videos, which require a reasonable internet connection speed. To complete the final assessment, you will need access to a web camera.

Computer setup: Check your computer and/or browser are set up to enable MyLO to work properly by running a browser check.


The following certificate will be issued by AMC to participants who successfully complete the course:

  • Introduction to Port Operations (Online Course)

  • Duration: Online, allow a minimum of 2 weeks to complete
  • Course Options: (including GST)
    Course Fee | Online | $1,070

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