Notices to Shipping

Notices to shipping (NOTSHIPs) are notices concerning Navigational Aid changes or defects, fishing zones, military exercises, dredging, or other marine hazards. Contain information for all boaters and is intended to inform the marine community of hazards, current activities and other pertinent information.

Broadcast Notices to Shipping

Broadcast Notices to Shipping contain information releases of an urgent nature, broadcast through Marine Communication and Traffic Services (MCTS) Centres, where applicable. They cover the establishment, condition or change in condition of a marine facility, service, procedure, or hazard provided to the mariner and the public immediately, and remains in effect for a limited period of time or until the matter is covered by a written NOTSHIP or Notice to Mariners.

Written Notices to Shipping

Written Notices to Shipping contain information which is anticipated to remain in effect for an extended period of time as determined by the RMIC. These notices have previously been broadcast in full for an initial period of 48 hours and then placed for an additional period of 5 days, on an Active NOTSHIP List which lists the NOTSHIP number and gives a brief description of each one.

Pacific Coast

Regional Operations Centre

Tel: 250-413-2842


Central Canada and the Arctic

Central Canada and Arctic NOTSHIPs, include:

  • Arctic Waters
  • Great Lakes Basin
  • Trent Severn Waterway
  • Lake Winnipeg
  • Mackenzie Delta
  • Mackenzie River
  • Great Slave Lake

Iqaluit Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre

PO Box 189
Iqaluit NU  X0A 0H0

Telephone: 867-979-5269
Fax: 867-979-4264

Prescott Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre

401 King Street West
Prescott ON  K0E 1T0

Telephone: 613-925-0666
Fax: 613-925-4519



Quebec NOTSHIPs include:

  • DGPS
  • Îles de la Madeleine
  • Lac des Deux Montagnes
  • Les Escoumins to Pointe Ouest (Anticosti)
  • SLS / Melocheville to Montreal
  • Pointe Ouest (Anticosti) to Chaleur Bay
  • Pointe Ouest (Anticosti) to Blanc-Sablon
  • Port of Montreal
  • Port of Quebec
  • Port of Trois-Rivières
  • Québec to Les Escoumins
  • St. Lawrence
  • Rivière des Prairies
  • Ottawa River
  • Riviere Richelieu
  • Saguenay River
  • Sorel to Trois-Rivières
  • Trois-Rivières to Québec

Maritime Provinces

Maritime provinces NOTSHIPs, include:

  • Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Saint John Harbour & Saint John River
  • Cabot Strait
  • Cape Breton Island
  • Chaleur Bay
  • Chedabuco Bay
  • East Coast, Nova Scotia
  • Gulf of St. Lawrence, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island
  • Halifax Harbour and approaches
  • Miramichi Bay and River
  • Nova Scotia
  • Northumberland Strait, New Brunswich, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Regional
  • Sable Island
  • Southeast Coast, Nova Scotia
  • Southwest Coast, Nova Scotia
  • Strait of Canso

Sydney Marine Communications and Traffic Services

1190 Westmount Road
Sydney NS  B1R 2J6

Phone: 902-564-7751
Toll Free: 1-800-686-8676


Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador NOTSHIPs, include:

  • East Coast
  • East Coast - Northeast Coast
  • Funk Island Bank
  • Gulf of St. Lawrence
  • Labrador
  • Labrador Coast
  • Northeast Coast
  • Nothern Grand Banks
  • Northern Peninsula
  • Northwest Atlantic
  • South Coast
  • South Labrador Coast
  • South/Southwest Coast
  • Southeastern Grand Banks
  • Southwest Coast
  • Southwestern Grand Ganks
  • Strait of Belle Isle
  • West Coast

Port aux Basques Marine Communications and Traffic Services

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

Phone: 709-695-2168
Fax: 709-695-3833