MCTS Tofino

Aerial view of the Tofino station

The Amphitrite Point VTS Centre was officially opened on January 2, 1978, and for the next two months, the staff were deeply involved in geography training and the development of local procedures. VTS watch keeping commenced on the 6th of March 1978. VHF radio transceivers were located at the chosen radar site atop Mt Ozzard, 3 miles north of and some 2500 above Amphitrite Point. Because the VTS Centre would be dealing with mostly foreign vessels, it was decided that "Tofino Traffic" would be used as a voice callsign. It was considered that it would be easier to pronounce for the deck officers and Captains of foreign vessels instead of "Amphitrite Traffic" or "Ucluelet Traffic".

In July 1978 the radar arrived, and was transported to the site where it was installed high on Mount Ozzard. The 38 foot radar scanner is protected from the strong storm winds by a protective geodetic dome. On August 30, 1978, the radar signal was connected to the radar screens at Amphitrite Point. During the months that followed, the various systems and procedures were brought on to line. On the 17th of November, 1978, site acceptance testing began and by November 30th, the system was placed on operational test. A Notice to Shipping was issued to this effect.

In April 1980, the Tofino Coast Guard Radio Station (marine), operating in conjunction with the CG Air Radio Services at Tofino Airport since 1956, relocated to the new MCTS (VTS) centre. In addition to Mt Ozzard, the combined operation controls remote communications sites at Holberg (Quatsino Sound), Eliza Dome, Estevan Point, Esperanza, Nootka and Port Alberni. All peripheral sites are linked to the MCTS via a microwave system, with the exception of Holberg and Port Alberni, which are linked via leased telephone landlines. In order to facilitate service to remote sites, a helicopter pad was built at the centre in 1979.

Although co-located at the centre, the VTS and CG Radio Station worked as two independent operations until the amalgamation into MCTS began in April 1996.

 

Site Details

Staffing:

  • 1 Officer in Charge
  • 17 Marine Communications and Traffics Services Officers
  • 5 Electronic Technicians
  • 2 Administrative Support

Area of Responsibility:

Map showing the area of responsibility of the Tofino station

MCTS Tofino area of responsibility includes all Canadian waters which are contained in the Tofino Vessel Traffic Services Zone excluding those United States waters within that portion of the Canada/United States Co-operative Vessel Traffic Management System (CVTMS) administered by the Tofino Vessel Traffic Centre bounded by a line drawn from: 48°28’36”N 124°40’00”W, to 48°34’58”N 124°40’00”W, thence following the shoreline to 48°40’00”N 124°51’00”W, to 48°40’11”.5N 124°51’29”W, thence following the shoreline to 48°43’18”N 125°05’54”W, to 48°47’16”N 125°12’59”.5W thence following the shoreline to 48°53’03”N 125°04’24”W, to 48°56’00”N 125°01’50”.5W thence following the shoreline to 48°56’51”N 125°00’02”.5W to 48°57’28”N 124°59’15”W, thence following the shoreline to 49°14’27”N 124°48’46”W, to 49°14’27”N 124°50’13”.5W thence following the shoreline to 49°04’13”.5N 124°51’16”W, to 49°03’20”.5N 124°51’44”W, thence following the shoreline to 48°59’03”N 124°57’54”W, to 48°58’41”N 124°59’34”W, thence following the shoreline to 48°57’19”N 125°01’50”W, to 48°57’57”N 125°04’50”.5W to 48°59’06”N 125°09’39”.5W to 48°58’48”N 125°10’57”W, thence following the shoreline to 49°00’59”.5N 125°18’39”W, to 49°01’54”N 125°19’26”.5W thence following the shoreline to 48°55’18”N 126°30’29”W, to 48°55’18”N 125°32’06”.5W thence following the shoreline to 49°05’41”N 125°53’18”W, to 49°17’03”N 126°13’44”W, to 49°23’00”N 126°32’34”W, to 49°44’57”N 126°58’54”W, to 49°51’35”N 127°08’56”W, to 49°59’49”N 127°27’06”.5”W, to 50°04’48”N 127°48’47”W, thence following the shoreline to 50°13’14”N 127°47’54”W, to 50°19’28”N 127°58’26”W, thence following the shoreline to 50°21’09”N 127°59’27”.5W to 50°26’38”N 128°02’43”.5W to 50°28’11”N 128°06’05”W, thence following the shoreline to 50°38’23”.5N 128°19’35”W, to 50°40’15”N 128°21’40”W, thence following the shoreline to 50°46’57”N 128°25’32”W, to 50°52’00”N 129°05’00”W, thence following a line 220° (T) to the limit of the Territorial Sea 50°42’11”N 129°18’00”W, thence following the Territorial Sea Boundary south eastward to intersect the International boundary at 48°28’36”N 124°40’00”W, thence a line Northward to the Canadian shoreline at 48°34’58”N 124°40’00”W.

Communications Sites Located at:

  • Amphitrite Point 48 55 31 N / 125 32 25 W
  • Eliza Dome 49 52 24 N / 127 07 13 W
  • Mount Ozzard 48 57 33.8 N / 125 29 29.9 W
  • Port Alberni 49 13 07 N / 124 48 43 W
  • Estevan Point 49 22 59 N / 126 32 00 W
  • Esperanza 49 50 32 N / 126 48 22 W
  • Nootka 49 35 36 N / 126 36 52 W
  • Holberg 50 38 24 N / 128 07 34 W

For Radio Services call Tofino Coast Guard Radio.
For Vessel Traffic Services call Tofino Traffic.

Contact Information:

Mailing address:

Canadian Coast Guard
Officer-in-Charge - MCTS Operations
Tofino MCTS Centre
P.O. Box 190
Ucuelet, BC
V0R 3A0

Telephone Numbers:

  • 250-726-7770 General Inquires
  • 250-726-7312 MCTS Operations (Radio)
  • 250-726-7313 Officer-in-Charge
  • 250-726-7777 MCTS Operations (VTS)

Facsimile:

  • 250-726-4474 MCTS Operations
  • 250-726-7234 Administration and Technical Dept.

Email:

mctstofino@pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Call Sign:

VAE

Maritime Mobile Service Identity Number:

00 316 0012

Radio Aids to Marine Navigation (RAMN):

Pacific and Western Arctic