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Vessel Traffic Service

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The Marine Exchange Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Los Angeles-Long Beach (LA/LB) is jointly operated by the Coast Guard and Marine Exchange of Southern California. It is considered a classic example of the benefits of Public-Private partnership. The combination of U.S.C.G. Captain of The Port Authority combined with Maritime Industry insight provides a synergy that assures a world class operation. You may learn more about our operation by linking to our VTS User's Manual. We are funded in part by VTS User fees.

The Marine Exchange also provides data to both the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on air quality compliance through the Ports' Voluntary Speed Reduction Program.

Our Target Mapping service provides real time ship locations from our 25 mile radius area of responsibility right to berth. For security reasons, this information is restricted to operational activities within the Harbor Complex. If you feel you fit within this guideline and desire the service, you may contact Captain Kip Louttit at