Part 1 - Foreword

Pacific 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.

Western Region

Comox MCTS will consolidate to Victoria MCTS in Winter/Spring 2016

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.

Change to the Maritime Mobile Service Identity Numbers
Consolidating CentresDiscontinued MMSIReplace with MMSI
Tofino Coast Guard Radio consolidating to Prince Rupert Coast Guard Radio 00 316 0012 00 316 0013
Vancouver Coast Guard Radio consolidating to Victoria Coast Guard Radio 00 316 0010 00 316 0011
Comox Coast Guard Radio consolidating to Victoria Coast Guard Radio 00 316 0014 00 316 0011

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 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 publications will continue to be available online, free of charge, at: http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/eng/CCG/Information_for_Mariners.

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, at: http://www.notmar.gc.ca.

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".

1.1.4 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.

1.1.5 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.

1.1.6 Prince Rupert MCTS – Changes to NAVTEX and MF Broadcast Content

Prince Rupert MCTS will amend the NAVTEX broadcast from Digby Island (Identifier D) and Amphitrite (Identifier H) to become compliant with the International NAVTEX Service standards for broadcast content. The MF radiotelephony broadcast from Digby Island, Hunter Point and Amphitrite Point will also be amended to meet these same broadcast standards.

Effective April 1st, 2016 at 0800 UTC (0000 PDT), the broadcast content for both services will contain only offshore weather and Notice to Shipping information for areas beyond VHF coverage or 40 nm offshore.

The North Coast broadcast content on both NAVTEX and MF Radiotelephony will include the following:

  • marine forecast areas 2, 3, and 4;
  • ODAS buoys: North Nomad (46184), Middle Nomad (46004), West Dixon Entrance (46205), West Moresby (46208) and South Moresby (46147);
  • Notice to Shipping for offshore waters only.

The South Coast broadcast content on both NAVTEX and MF Radiotelephony will include the following:

  • marine forecast areas 1, 5, 6, and 7;
  • ODAS buoys: South Nomad (46036), South Brooks (46132), La Perouse Bank (46206) and East Dellwood (46207);
  • Notice to Shipping for offshore waters only.

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. Pacific Coast;
  2. Arctic; and
  3. 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 b NAVTEX Service (French).
  518   F1B a, b International NAVTEX Service (English).
2040     J3E   Inter-ship (vessels other than fishing and towing).
2054 2054   J3E a Public correspondence; MSI broadcasts.
Continuously monitored – MCTS Prince Rupert, Tofino only.
2118 2514   J3E b Public correspondence; MSI broadcasts.
2142 2558   J3E b, c Public correspondence.
2182 2182   J3E a, b International distress and safety communications.
Continuously monitored.
2187.5 2187.5   G2B   International distress and safety calls (DSC).
2206 2582   J3E b Public correspondence; MSI broadcasts.
2318     J3E   Inter-ship (fishing vessels).
2340 2458   J3E   Public correspondence.
2366     J3E   Inter-ship (other than fishing vessels).
2638     J3E b Inter-ship (shared with U.S. vessels).
2738     J3E b Inter-ship (shared with U.S. vessels).
3023 3023   J3E a, b, c International SAR coordination communication, including aircraft
  3253   J3C b Radiofacsimile
4071 4363 403 J3E b, c Public correspondence; MSI broadcasts.
Continuously monitored – MCTS Iqaluit (except Hay River) only.
4083 4375 407 J3E b Public correspondence.
4125 4125   J3E a, b International distress and safety communications, including SAR aircraft.
Continuously monitored – MCTS Prince Rupert.
4177.5 4177.5   F1B b International distress and safety communications (NBDP).
4207.5 4207.5   F1B b International distress and safety calls (DSC).
  4292   J3C b Radiofacsimile
5680 5680   J3E a, b, c International SAR coordination communications, including SAR aircraft.
5803 5803   J3E c

International distress and safety communications;
Public correspondence; MSI broadcasts. 
Continuously monitored – MCTS Iqaluit (except Cambridge Bay) only.

6200 6501 601 J3E b, c Public correspondence.
6206 6507 603 J3E b Public correspondence; MSI broadcasts.
6212 6513 605 J3E b Public correspondence.
6215 6215   J3E b International distress and safety communications.
6218.6 6218.6   J3E b, c Public correspondence; MSI broadcasts.
6268 6268   F1B b International distress and safety communications (NBDP).
6312 6312   F1B b International distress and safety calls (DSC).
  7710   J3C b Radiofacsimile.
8228 8752 812 J3E b Public correspondence.
8267 8791 825 J3E b Public correspondence.
8270 8794 826 J3E b, c Public correspondence.
8291 8291   J3E b International distress and safety communications.
8376.5 8376.5   F1B b International distress and safety communications (NBDP).
8414.5 8414.5   F1B b International distress and safety calls (DSC).
  8416.5   F1B b NAVAREAs XVII and XVIII MSI broadcasts (NBDP).
  8456   J3C b, c Radiofacsimile.
12230 13077 1201 J3E b, c Public correspondence.
12290 12290   J3E b International distress and safety communications.
12520 12520   F1B b International distress and safety communications (NBDP).
12577 12577   F1B b International distress and safety calls (DSC).
16420 16420   J3E b International distress and safety communications.
16695 16695   F1B b International distress and safety communications (NBDP).
16804.5 16804.5   F1B b International distress and safety calls (DSC).

Table 1-2 Maritime Mobile Safety and Communication Frequencies VHF

Maritime Mobile Safety and Communication Frequencies VHF
Frequencies
Ship MHz
Frequencies
Coast MHz
ChannelClass of EmissionAreas UsedRemarks
156.250 156.250 05A F3E a Vessel Traffic Services.
156.300 156.300 06 F3E a, b Inter-ship safety and International SAR coordination communications, including aircraft.
156.400 156.400 08 F3E b Inter-ship and Safety communications.
156.525 156.525 70 G2B a, b International distress and safety calls (DSC). 
Continuously monitored.
156.550 156.550 11 F3E a Vessel Traffic Services and Pilotage. 
Continuously monitored – MCTS Prince Rupert, Victoria only.
156.575 156.575 71 F3E a Vessel Traffic Services. 
Continuously monitored – MCTS Comox, Prince Rupert only.
156.600 156.600 12 F3E a VTS/Ports Operations/Pilotage. Continuously monitored – MCTS Victoria only.
156.650 156.650 13 F3E a Bridge to Bridge navigational traffic.
156.700 156.700 14 F3E a VTS/Ports Operations/Pilotage.
156.725 156.725 74 F3E a Vessel Traffic Services. Continuously monitored – MCTS Prince Rupert, Victoria only.
156.800 156.800 16 F3E a, b, c International distress and safety communications. Continuously monitored.
  161.650 21B F3E a Weather & NOTSHIP broadcasts.
156.925 156.925 78A F3E a, b, c Inter-ship for Fishing vessels.
157.100 157.100 22A F3E a Ship and Canadian Coast Guard liaison (channel unmonitored).
157.175 157.175 83A F3E a Ship and Canadian Coast Guard liaison. Continuously monitored – MCTS Comox, Prince Rupert, Victoria (except Gabriola Island) only.
  161.775 83B F3E a Weather & NOTSHIP broadcasts.
157.225 161.825 84 F3E a Public correspondence. Continuously monitored – MCTS Comox, Prince Rupert, Victoria only.
157.275 161.875 85 F3E a, c Public correspondence: MSI broadcasts.
157.300 161.900 26 F3E a, b, c Public correspondence; MSI broadcasts. Continuously monitored – MCTS Comox, Iqaluit, Prince Rupert, Victoria only.
161.975 161.975 87B G2B a AIS-1.
162.025 162.025 88B G2B a AIS-2.
  162.400 WX2 F3E a Weather & NOTSHIP broadcasts.
  162.475 WX3 F3E a Weather & NOTSHIP broadcasts.
  162.550 WX1 F3E a Weather & NOTSHIP broadcasts.

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 the higher coast station transmitting frequency.

1.3 General Information on Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre 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 MCTS Centre Listings

Legend for Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre Listings
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 / Telex Directory
ServiceTelephone NumberFacsimile NumberTelex NumberAnswer Back CodeMMSI Number
MCTS (call sign)     
Comox, BC (VAC) 250-339-3613
250-339-5483
866-823-1110
250-339-2372     003160014
Iqaluit, NU (VFF)
Service available in English and in French
867-979-0310 West
867-979-5269 East
867-979-4264 063-15529 NORDREG CDA 003160023
Prince Rupert, BC (VAJ)

250-627-3081 North
250-627-3082 South

250-624-9075     003160013
Victoria, BC (VAK) 250-363-6611 250-363-6556     003160011
VTS Offshore     
Prince Rupert, BC 250-627-3071        
NORDREG Canada     
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)

JRCC Victoria, BC

Telephone:
1-800-567-5111 British Columbia and Yukon
250-413-8933 Satellite, Local or out of area
#727 Cellular

Email: jrccvictoria@sarnet.dnd.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 Regional Office Addresses (Covering the Pacific Coast and Western Arctic)

Regional Superintendant
Marine Communications and Traffic Services

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
Western Region
Victoria Coast Guard Base
25 Huron Street
Victoria BC V8V 4V9

Telephone: 250-363-8922

Email: mcts@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Regional Superintendant
Marine Communications and Traffic Services

Service available in English and in French


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


Telephone: 418-648-5522

Facsimile: 418-648-4877

1.7 Regional Notices to Shipping (NOTSHIP) Issuing Authorities

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
Victoria MCTS Centre

Institute of Ocean Sciences,
9860 West Saanich Road
PO Box 6000 
Sidney BC V8L 4B2

Telephone: 250-363-6333
Facsimile: 250-363-6556
Email: supervisor.Victoria@innav.gc.ca

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Canadian Coast Guard
Iqaluit MCTS Centre

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

P.O. Box 189
Iqaluit, NU X04 0H0

"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

"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