Marine Communications and Traffic Services Regional Office
Consolidation of Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centres
The Canadian Coast Guard is consolidating and modernizing its Marine Communications and Traffic Services. These changes will result in a configuration of 12 MCTS Centres strategically located across the country. Information pertaining to consolidation will be advertised to clients by all available means.
Tofino MCTS will close; services will be provided remotely by Prince Rupert MCTS Comox and Vancouver MCTS will close; services will be provided remotely by Victoria MCTS
There will be no reduction in the MCTS level of service provided to clients. Mariners should be aware that, as a result of consolidation, contact information, weather and other pertinent marine broadcast schedules may change. These changes will be advertised in RAMN, as they become available.
Mariners should check NOTMAR PART 3 on a monthly basis for updates.
Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) provides marine safety communications co-ordination with rescue resources and Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre Victoria (JRCC); vessel traffic services and waterway management, broadcast weather and safety information; sail plan services in addition to support for other government and marine agencies. In the Pacific Region, there are centres located at Vancouver, Victoria, Prince Rupert, Comox and Tofino.
In Vancouver, the Region Marine Information Centre (RMIC) disseminates marine safety and navigation information and administers the Notices to Shipping function in the Pacific Region. The Centre provides offshore screening to ensure that vessels with defects or deficiencies are identified and compensatory measures are developed. The RMIC is responsible for callout for agencies involved in front line response to land and marine environmental and pollution emergencies.
MCTS Important Information And Notices:
- Notices to Shipping
- Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental & Test Ranges Exercise Area (Whiskey Golf)
- Notices to vessels using the inside passage during commercial fishing season
- VHF/DSC Maritime Mobil Service Identity (MMSI) - Industry Canada
- Tanker Exclusion Zone
- Radio Aids to Marine Navigation (RAMN)
- Marine Weather Guide - Pacific Coast - Environment Canada Website
MCTS Vessel Traffic Services:
For more information about Marine Communication & Traffic Services, please contact:
MCTS Regional Office
Canadian Coast Guard, Western Region
Victoria Coast Guard Base
25 Huron Street
Victoria BC V8V 4V9
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (General Enquiries)
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