A Study on Local Traffic Management to Improve Marine Traffic Safety in the Istanbul Strait

Aydogdu Y. V., Yurtören C., Park J., Park Y.

JOURNAL OF NAVIGATION, vol.65, no.1, pp.99-112, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 65 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s0373463311000555
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.99-112
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The Istanbul Strait is one of the most congested waterways in the world and is difficult to navigate due to its 'S-shaped' geographic structure (Akten, 2004). Much of the local marine traffic affects navigation safety. Results of Yurtoren and Inoue (2004)'s study, which investigated navigational risks in the Istanbul Strait in terms of manoeuvring difficulties and accident statistics, indicates the necessity of effective and applicable local traffic management in the southern entrance of the Strait. In this study, Marine Traffic Fast Time Simulation (MTFTS) studies are used and an attempt is made to improve navigation safety by proposing Local Traffic Separation Schemes (LTSS).