The National Coastwatch Station in Fleetwood has the capability to talk on the radio with vessels in its vicinity.
From 1st October 2014, this can be achieved on Channel 65
(Operational 10:00 16:00 winter, 10:00 – 18:00 summer)
All Coastwatch Stations will be able to respond to requests from passing, as well as local sailing craft and fishing vessels for radio checks as well as actual weather and sea state conditions. They will also be able to provide on request information on a range of local facilities including, for example, local moorings, charted anchorages, water taxi contact details and local hazards.
Any vessel wishing to speak to the watchkeeper to obtain the local weather conditions, carry out a radio check or any other non-operational matter should call ‘Rossall Point’ direct on Channel 65.
National Coastwatch emphasise that all operational matters, such as passage and arrival reports, radio checks on any other channel apart from 65, and MMSI checks must be conducted through the nearest Coastguard MRCC, which is Liverpool.
A listening watch is also kept on channels 16, 67 and 73. There are also radar and AIS facilities.
The watchkeepers are all volunteers – let’s support them and call for information before we leave the river.
The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores. Each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline.
The Rossal Point Coastwatch Station can also be contacted on 01253 870618.