Part 1 - Foreword

Atlantic, St. Lawrence, Great Lakes, Lake Winnipeg and Arctic

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1.1 Advance Notices

In order that mariners may have advance knowledge of proposed changes to existing facilities to be provided, additions, deletions and changes to such facilities under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Coast Guard are listed hereunder. Effective dates of changes and dates for the commissioning of new facilities are, however, extremely hard to forecast owing to difficulties in obtaining materials and subject to the provision of necessary funds. Every effort will be made to amend dates as far in advance as possible. In every case of changes to facilities and commissioning new facilities, an appropriate Notice to Mariners will be issued.

1.1.1 Update to Consolidation of Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) Centres

The Canadian Coast Guard is modernizing and consolidating its Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centres. Clients will continue to receive the high-quality service they have come to expect.

Once complete, there will be a total of 12 MCTS centres strategically located across the country. Additional information pertaining to this project will be advertised to clients by all available means.

Atlantic Region

Saint John (Fundy) MCTS centre will consolidate to Halifax MCTS centre commencing March 2015.

St. John’s MCTS centre will consolidate to Placentia MCTS centre commencing March 2015.

St. Anthony MCTS centre will consolidate to Labrador (Goose Bay) MCTS centre commencing August 2015. 

Central & Arctic Region

Thunder Bay MCTS centre will consolidate to Sarnia MCTS centre commencing May 2015. 

Rivière-au-Renard MCTS centre will consolidate to Les Escoumins MCTS centre commencing June 2015.

The new technology will increase efficiency permitting employees to have a greater ability to focus on the safety services they provide to mariners. Mariners are encouraged to visit the Radio Aids to Marine Navigation (RAMN) and Notices to Mariners (NOTMAR) PART 3 on a monthly basis for updated information and potential changes to contact information and marine broadcast schedules. 

1.1.2 Change to Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) Numbers

Consolidation of MCTS Centres will result in changes to MMSI numbers. As Consolidation dates approach, the Canadian Coast Guard will issue a Notice to Shipping to advertise pertinent changes to information. Mariners using VHF DSC may be required to program new MMSI numbers into their systems. Please refer to the table below.

Changes to the Maritime Mobile Service Identity numbers
Consolidating CentresDiscontinued MMSIReplace with MMSI
Saint John (Fundy) Coast Guard Radio consolidating to Halifax Coast Guard Radio 00 316 0015 00 316 0016
St. John's Coast Guard Radio consolidating to Placentia Coast Guard Radio 00 316 0020 00 316 0019
St. Anthony Coast Guard Radio consolidating to Labrador Coast Guard Radio 00 316 0021 00 316 0022
Rivière-au-Renard Coast Guard Radio consolidating to Les Escoumins Coast Guard Radio 00 316 0025 00 316 0026
Thunder Bay Coast Guard Radio consolidating to Sarnia Coast Guard Radio 00 316 0031 00 316 0030

The changes to MMSI numbers will only take effect upon Consolidation. Mariners are encouraged to visit the Radio Aids to Marine Navigation (RAMN) and Notices to Mariners (NOTMAR) PART 3 on a monthly basis for updated information.

1.1.3 ECAREG Canada and Pre-Arrival Information Correspondence

Effective 00:01UTC, 1 January 2014, ECAREG and Pre-Arrival Information Reports previously submitted to the ECAREG Canada office in St. John’s, NL will now be processed by Halifax MCTS. As of this date, all ECAREG and Pre-Arrival Information correspondence shall be forwarded to:

Halifax MCTS Centre
Telephone: 902-426-4956
Facsimile: 902-426-4483
Email: HLXECAREG1@INNAV.GC.CA

1.1.4 The Radio Aids to Marine Navigation Annual Publications

Effective April 1, 2013, the Canadian Coast Guard has ceased the printing of its "Radio Aids to Marine Navigation" annual publications which include the "Atlantic, St. Lawrence, Great Lakes, Lake Winnipeg and Arctic" edition as well as the "Pacific and Arctic" edition. The Radio Aids to Marine Navigation publications will continue to be available online, free of charge.

The "Radio Aids to Marine Navigation" annual publications are updated each April. Amendments will continue to be advertised by radio broadcast (Notices to Shipping) and/or issued on a monthly basis, when required, in "Notices to Mariners", Section 3. The "Notices to Mariners" publication is available online, free of charge.

Every ship station fitted on a Canadian ship or on a non-Canadian ship engaged in the coasting trade of Canada, pursuant to the Ship Station (Radio) Regulations 1999, and all ships in waters under Canadian jurisdiction, pursuant to the Charts and Nautical Publications Regulations, 1995, are required to carry the most recent applicable edition of "Radio Aids to Marine Navigation".

1.1.5 Ship Radio Inspections

Owners and masters of Canadian vessels are advised that Transport Canada has delegated the authority to issue radio inspection certificates to Recognized Organizations under the Delegation Statutory Inspection Program. Vessels enrolled in the Delegation Statutory Inspection Program, as well as classed ships, are encouraged to contact a Recognized Organization for their radio inspection required by regulations under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. Currently, the Recognized Organizations are: the American Bureau of Shipping; Bureau Veritas; Det Norske Veritas; Germanischer Lloyd; and, Lloyd’s Register. This is in addition to the Canadian Coast Guard, who continues to also have delegated authority for this function.

1.1.6 The Canadian Forces Fleet MetOc Broadcast Service

The Canadian Forces Fleet MetOc Broadcast service (radioteletype and radiofacsimile) was placed in abeyance effective September 2, 2010. The Canadian Forces Fleet MetOc Broadcast may be reinstated and ceased without warning as necessitated by military operational requirements. When notified, Marine Communications and Traffic Services will issue a Notice to Shipping concerning reinstatement or cessation of this service.

1.1.7 The Commercial Public Correspondence Service

All long distance ship-shore calls are administered through the regular telephone service provider as a collect call.

Individuals intending to place shore-ship calls are required to direct-dial the appropriate MCTS centre.

MCTS centres providing a commercial public correspondence service are identified in RAMN, Part 2.

1.1.8 Avoid Collision with Right Whales

North Atlantic Right Whales are the most endangered large whale in the world; about 350 remain. They are slow swimmers, seldom moving faster than 3-5 knots. They may stay submerged for 10 to 20 minutes and are seen alone or in small groups. If you spot one Right Whale, there may be more in the area. Please report all sightings of Right Whales in Canada to the Canadian Coast Guard via VHF Ch 16 and in the Bay of Fundy contact Fundy Traffic VHF Ch 14. They are difficult to see and might be oblivious to vessels – please avoid approaching them closely. For more details, visit SARA Registry.

Note:

Roseway Basin Seasonal Area is to be avoided. In order to significantly reduce the risk of ship strikes of the highly endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, it is recommended that ships of 300 tons gross tonnage and upwards solely in transit during the period of June 1st through December 31st should avoid this area.

1.2 Canadian Maritime Mobile Safety and Public Correspondence Communication Frequencies

The frequencies listed on the following pages are those in general use by ships in Canadian waters for inter-ship communications and for ship/shore communications with Marine Communications and Traffic Services centres operated by the Canadian Coast Guard.

See Table 1-1 and Table 1-2 in the remarks column for channels and frequencies that are continuously
monitored.

Part 2 of this publication contains individual listings for Marine Communications and Traffic Services centres operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, giving details of the communication and special services provided to ships.

On the following pages are frequency lists, including the geographical areas of use:

  1. Newfoundland and Labrador;
  2. Atlantic Coast, Gulf and St. Lawrence River up to and including Montréal;
  3. Great Lakes (including St. Lawrence above Montréal);
  4. Arctic; and
  5. Athabasca & Mackenzie Inland Waterways.

Table 1-1 - Maritime Mobile Safety and Communication Frequencies MF/HF

Maritime Mobile Safety and Communication Frequencies MF/HF
Frequencies
kHz (ship)
Frequencies
kHz (coast)
ChannelClass of EmissionAreas UsedRemarks
  490   F1B a, b, c, d NAVTEX Service (French).
  518   F1B a, b, c, d International NAVTEX Service (English).
2003     J3E b Inter-ship (Lower St. Lawrence River to West Point, Anticosti Island).
2118 2514   J3E a, b, d, e Public correspondence; MSI broadcasts. Continuously monitored – Halifax.
2134     J3E a, b  Inter-ship (fishing vessels only).
2142 2558   J3E a, d, e Public correspondence. Continuously monitored - Halifax.
2158 2550   J3E   Public correspondence (U.S. vessels only).
2182 2182   J3E a, b, d International distress and safety communications. Continuously monitored.
2187.5 2187.5   G2B   International distress and safety calls (DSC).
2206 2582   J3E a, b, d Public correspondence; MSI broadcasts. Continuously monitored – Halifax.
2237     J3E a, b Inter-ship (other than fishing vessels).
  2598   J3E a, b MSI broadcasts.
2638     J3E a, b Inter-ship (shared with U.S. vessels).
2738     J3E a, b Inter-ship (shared with U.S. vessels).
2815 2530   J3E b Public correspondence.
  2749   J3E b MSI broadcasts.
  3253   J3C d Radiofacsimile.
3023 3023   J3E a, b, c, d, e International SAR coordination communications, including SAR aircraft.
4071 4363 403 J3E d Public correspondence; MSI broadcasts. Continuously monitored – MCTS Iqaluit only.
4083 4375 407 J3E a, b, d Public correspondence.
4084.7 4379.1 408 J3E a, b Public correspondence.
4100.2 4394.6 413 J3E a, b Public correspondence.
4116 4408 418 J3E a, b Public correspondence.
4125 4125   J3E a, b, c, d, e International distress and safety communications including SAR aircraft.
4177.5 4177.5   F1B d, e International distress and safety communications (NBDP).
4207.5 4207.5   F1B d, e International distress and safety calls (DSC). Continuously monitored – MCTS Iqaluit only.
  4416   J3C b Radiofacsimile.
5680 5680   J3E a, b, c, d, e International SAR coordination communications, including SAR aircraft.
6206 6507 603 J3E a, b, d Public correspondence; MSI broadcasts.
6212 6513 605 J3E a, b, d Public correspondence.
6215 6215   J3E d International distress and safety communications.
6268 6268   F1B d, e International distress and safety communications (NBDP).
6312 6312   F1B d, e International distress and safety calls (DSC). Continuously monitored – MCTS Iqaluit only.
  7710   J3C d Radiofacsimile.
8228 8752 812 J3E a, b, d Public correspondence.
8261 8785 823 J3E a, b Public correspondence.
8267 8791 825 J3E a, b, d Public correspondence.
8291 8291   J3E d International distress and calling.
8376.5 8376.5   F1B d, e International distress and safety communications (NBDP).
8414.5 8414.5   F1B d, e International distress and safety calls (DSC). Continuously monitored – MCTS Iqaluit only.
  8416.5   F1B d, e NAVAREAs XVII and XVIII MSI broadcasts (NBDP).
12230 13077 1201 J3E a, b, d Public correspondence.
12290 12290   J3E d International distress and safety communications.
12520 12520   F1B d, e International distress and safety communications (NBDP).
12577 12577   F1B d, e International distress and safety calls (DSC). Continuously monitored – MCTS Iqaluit only.
16369 17251 1604 J3E a, b Public correspondence.
16420 16420   J3E d International distress and safety communications.
16562.3 17335.2 1634 J3E a, b Public correspondence.
16695 16695   F1B d, e International distress and safety communications (NBDP).
16804.5 16804.5   F1B d, e International distress and safety calls (DSC). Continuously monitored – MCTS Iqaluit only.
22037.2 22633.2 2213 J3E b Public correspondence.

Table 1-2 - Maritime Mobile Safety and Communication Frequencies VHF

Maritime Mobile Safety and Communication Frequencies VHF
Frequencies
MHz (ship) 
Frequencies
MHz (coast)
ChannelClass of EmissionAreas UsedRemarks
156.300 156.300 06 F3E a, b, c, d Inter-ship and International SAR coordination communications, including SAR aircraft.
156.400 156.400 08 F3E a, b, c, d Inter-ship and Safety communications.
156.450 156.450 09 F3E b Vessel Traffic Services & Inter-ship. Continuously monitored – MCTS Les Escoumins only.
156.500 156.500 10 F3E b Vessel Traffic Services & Inter-ship. Continuously monitored – MCTS Québec only.
156.525 156.525 70 G2B a, b, c, d International distress and safety calls (DSC). Continuously monitored.
156.550 156.550 11 F3E b, c Vessel Traffic Services & Pilotage. Continuously monitored – MCTS Port aux Basques, Sarnia, Placentia, only.
156.575 156.575 71 F3E b Vessel Traffic Services. Continuously monitored – MCTS Halifax only (except Sambro, Ecum Secum, Kingsburg, Fox Island, Shannon Hill, Chebucto Head, Saint-John).
156.600 156.600 12 F3E b, c

VTS/Port Operations/Pilotage. Continuously monitored – MCTS Halifax, Placentia, Port aux Basques, Québec, Sarnia, only.

156.650 156.650 13 F3E b, c VTS/Bridge to Bridge navigational traffic. Continuously monitored – MCTS Québec only.
156.700 156.700 14 F3E b, c VTS/Port Operations/Pilotage. Continuously monitored – MCTS Halifax, Les Escoumins, Placentia, St-Anthony, Sydney only.
156.800 156.800 16 F3E a, b, c, d International distress and safety communications. Continuously monitored.
  161.650 21B F3E a, b, c Weather and NOTSHIP broadcasts.
156.925 156.925 78A F3E a, b, c, d Inter-ship for Fishing vessels.
156.950 161.550 19 F3E a, b, c Ship and Canadian Coast Guard liaison, MSI broadcasts. Continuously monitored – MCTS Sarnia only.
157.100 157.100 22A F3E a, b, c Ship and Canadian Coast Guard liaison.
  161.750 23B F3E a, c Weather and NOTSHIP broadcasts.
157.200 161.800 24 F3E b, c Public correspondence. Continuously monitored – MCTS Halifax (except Kingsburg, Fox Island) Labrador, Placentia, Port aux Basques, Prescott, Sarnia, St-Anthony only.
157.225 161.825 84 F3E b, c Public correspondence.
157.275 161.875 85 F3E b, c, d Public correspondence. Continuously monitored – MCTS Placentia, Prescott (except Gananoque), Sarnia only.
157.300 161.900 26 F3E a, b, c, d, e

Public correspondence, MSI broadcasts. Continuously monitored – MCTS Halifax, Iqaluit, Labrador, Placentia, Port aux Basques, Prescott, Sarnia, St-Anthony, Sydney only.

157.350 161.950 27 F3E b, c

Public correspondence. Continuously monitored – MCTS Placentia, Port aux Basques, Prescott, Halifax, Sarnia only.

157.375 157.375 87 F3E a, b, c Port operations/Ship movement.
157.425 157.425 88 F3E a, b, c Port operations/Ship movement.
  161.775 83B F3E c Weather and NOTSHIP broadcasts.
  161.850 25B F3E c Weather and NOTSHIP broadcasts.
161.975 161.975 87B G2B a, b, c AIS-1.
  162.000 28B F3E c Weather and NOTSHIP broadcasts.
162.025 162.025 88B G2B a, b, c AIS-2.

Notes: Reference VHF:

"A" following a channel number means Simplex Operation on the ship station transmitting frequency.

"B" following a channel number means ship stations receive only on the higher coast station transmission frequency.

1.3 General Information on MCTS Listings

  1. Transmit and receive frequencies are listed in kHz.
  2. The numbered areas mentioned in the remarks column of centres providing communications and special services are shown on the marine weather forecasts maps, and are listed in detail under the heading "Weather Forecast Areas" in Part 5.
  3. Frequencies for which the J3E single sideband modes of emission are shown in the Marine Communications and Traffic Services centre listings are designated by the carrier frequencies. The assigned frequencies are 1.4 kHz higher than the carrier frequencies listed. (This note also applies to the medium and high radiotelephone frequencies listed in the “Canadian Maritime Mobile Safety and Public Correspondence Communication Frequencies”, Section 1.2).

Table 1-3 - Legend for Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre Listings

Legend for Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre Listing
Abbreviation/AcronymExplanation
AIS Automatic Identification System
CMB Continuous Marine Broadcast
DF Direction Finding
DSC Digital Selective Calling
F1B Radioteletype
F3E Radiotelephony, Frequency Modulation
G2B Phase modulation, digital information, automatic reception
H+ This symbol followed by a number indicates minutes past the hour
HF NBDP High Frequency Narrow-Band Direct-Printing Telegraphy
J3C Facsimile – Single-sideband, Suppressed Carrier
J3E Radiotelephony – Single-sideband, Suppressed Carrier
MCTS Marine Communications and Traffic Services
MMSI Maritime Mobile Service Identity
NAVTEX Narrow Band Direct Printing telegraphy
SC Ship Control (Canal and Locks operations)
UTC Coordinated Universal Time

1.4 Telephone/Facsimile/Telex Directory

Table 1-4 - Telephone/Facsimile/Telex Directory

Telephone, Facsimile and Telex Directory
ServiceTelephone NumberFacsimile NumberTelex NumberAnswer Back CodeMMSI
MCTS (call sign)     
Halifax, NS (VCS) 902-426-9750 902-426-4483 2101922510   003160016
Iqaluit, NU (VFF) Service available in English and in French 867-979-5269
East
867-979-0310
West
867-979-4264 063-15529 NORDREG CDA 003160023
Labrador, (Goose Bay) NL (VOK) 709-896-2252 709-896-8455     003160022
Les Escoumins, QC (VCF)
Service available in English and in French
418-233-2194 418-233-3299     003160026
Placentia, NL (VCP) 709-227-2181
709-227-2182
709-227-5637     003160019
Port aux Basques, NL (VOJ)
Service available in English and in French
709-695-2167 709-695-7784     003160018
Prescott, ON (VBR)
Service available in English and in French
613-925-4471 613-925-4519     003160029
Québec, QC (VCC)
Service available in English and in French
418-648-4427 418-648-7244     003160027
Sarnia, ON (VBE) 519-336-4003 519-336-0229     003160030
Sydney, NS (VCO)
Service available in English and in French
902-564-7751
1-800-686-8676
902-564-7662     003160017
ECAREG CANADA     
Dartmouth, NS 902-426-4956 902-426-4483      
Les Escoumins, QC
Service available in English and in French
418-233-2194 418-233-3299      
NORDREG CANANA     
Iqaluit, NU
Operational from approximately mid-May until late December
867-979-5724 867-979-4264 063-15529 NORDREG CDA 003160023
Prescott, ON
Operational from approximately late December until mid-May
613-925-4471 613-925-4519      
NAVAREA XVII & XVIII          
Prescott, ON 613-925-0666 613-925-4519      

1.5 Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC)/Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre (MRSC)

JRCC Halifax, NS

Service available in English and in French

Telephone:

1-800-565-1582 Maritimes Region
1-800-563-2444 Newfoundland & Labrador Region
902-427-8200 Satellite, Local or out of area

Facsimile: 902-427-2114

Email: jrcchalifax@sarnet.dnd.ca

MRSC Québec, QC

Service available in English and in French

Telephone:

1-800-463-4393 Quebec Region
418-648-3599 Satellite, Local or out of area

Facsimile: 418-648-3614

Email: mrscqbc@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

JRCC Trenton, ON

Telephone:

1-800-267-7270 In Canada
613-965-3870 Satellite, Local or out of area

Facsimile: 613-965-7279

Email: jrcctrenton@sarnet.dnd.ca

 

1.6 Icebreaking Services

Ice Atlantic

Telephone: 709-772-2078

Ice Montreal

Telephone: 1-855-201-0086 / US-Canada line: 1-844-672-8037
Facsimile: 514-283-1752

1.7 Regional Office Addresses (Covering the East Coast, Arctic and Central Canada)

Regional Superintendent
Marine Communications and Traffic Services

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
Atlantic Region
P.O Box 1000
Dartmouth NS B2Y 3Z8

Telephone: 902-426-3797
Facsimile: 902-426-4828

Regional Superintendent
Marine Communications and Traffic Services

Service available in English and in French

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
Central and Arctic Region
101 Champlain Boulevard
Québec  QC G1K 7Y7

Telephone: 418-648-5522
Facsimile: 418-648-4877

1.8 Regional Notices to Shipping (NOTSHIP) Issuing Authorities

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
Port aux Basques MCTS Centre

Service available in English and in French

49 Stadium Rd
P.O Box 99
Port aux Basques NL A0M 1C0

Telephone: 709-695-2168
Facsimile: 709-695-3833

Email: notshippax@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
Les Escoumins MCTS Centre

Service available in English and in French

35 rue Otis
Les Escoumins QC G0T 1K0

Telephone: 418-233-2308
Facsimile: 418-233-3299

Email: opsavis@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Website: http://www.marinfo.gc.ca/en/avisecrits/index.asp

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
Iqaluit MCTS Centre

Operational from approximately mid-May until late December
Service available in English and in French

P.O Box 189
Iqaluit NU X0A 0H0

"A" Series NOTSHIPs
Telephone: 867-979-5269
Facsimile: 867-979-4264
Email: IqaNordreg@innav.gc.ca
Website: http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/eng/CCG/Notship-Home

"H" Series NOTSHIPs
Telephone: 867-979-0310
Facsimile: 867-979-4264
Email: Iqamck01@innav.gc.ca
Website: http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/eng/CCG/Notship-Home

 

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
Prescott MCTS Centre

Service available in English and in French

401 King Street West
Prescott ON K0E 1T0

Telephone: 613-925-0666
Facsimile: 613-925-4519

Email: notshipC&A@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Website: http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/eng/CCG/Notship-Home

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
Sydney MCTS Centre

Service available in English and in French

1190 Westmount Road
Sydney NS B1R 2J6

Telephone: 902-564-7751 or 1-800-686-8676
Facsimile: 902-564-7662

Email: notshipssyd@mar.dfo-mpo.gc.ca