VHF Radio Channels (Appendix B)

Where not obvious, the call sign is in italics. For CRT locks and bridges, the call sign is of the form ‘Naburn Lock’, ‘Llanthony Bridge’ etc.  Channels for listening watch during passage are bulleted and shown in bold type.  Where more than one channel is listed for ports, the primary channel is shown in bold.  Most port radio stations and many locks and bridges also monitor Channel 16, but always try the working channel first.  Coastguard and major port radio stations maintain 24 hour radio watch (marked *) but many other radio stations operate only at tide times or when a vessel is expected – check locally in advance.

General VHF channel information
Station Channel(s)
Calling, distress and safety channels 16
70 (DSC only)
Inter-ship channel for navigational safety outside port or VTS areas (also for port operations in some areas) 13
Inter-ship only channels (preferred channels for general communications with other vessels) 06  08  72  77
Inter-ship (other channels approved for inter-ship use but also used for port operations) 10  09  73  69
67  17  15
Coastguard stations (including Humber MRSC, Yarmouth MRCC, Thames MRSC, Swansea MRCC, Liverpool MRCC, Clyde MRCC, Oban MRSC, Aberdeen MRCC) (call Humber Coastguard etc) * 16  67 (small craft safety channel)
MSI on 10  73
Port Radio stations, Locks and Bridges, clockwise from the Humber.
Station  Channel(s)
♦ Humber seaward of Clee Ness (VTS Humber) * 14
♦ Humber inland of Clee Ness to Humber Bridge (VTS Humber) * 12
     Grimsby Docks (Grimsby Docks Radio) * 74 18 79
     River Hull (Drypool Radio) 22 11
♦ Humber inland of Humber Bridge (VTS Humber) * 15
     South Ferriby Lock 74
♦ Ouse from Apex (Trent Falls) to Hook ## 15
     Blacktoft Jetty 14
     Goole Docks (Goole Docks Radio) * 14 19 09
♦ Ouse from Hook to Naburn 09
     Goole (Skelton) Railway Bridge (Goole Bridge) * 09
     Howdendyke Wharves 09
     Boothferry Bridge * 09
     Barmby Lock, Selby Lock 74
     Selby Rail Bridge $$, Selby Toll Bridge *, Cawood Bridge 09
     Naburn Locks 74
♦ Ouse above Naburn 06
♦ Aire & Calder Navigation 74
     Ferrybridge, Pollington, Whitley, Bulholme, Castleford, Lemonroyd,
Woodlesford, Fishponds, Knostrop Locks ++
74
     Woodnock, Kings Road, Birkwood Locks ++ 74
♦ Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation (including NJC, S&KN) 74
     Keadby, Sykehouse, Long Sandall, Doncaster, Sprotborough,
Mexborough, Waddington, Kilnhurst Flood, Aldwarke, Frank Price,
Rotherham Locks and Barnby Dun Bridge ++
74
♦ Trent below Gainsborough ### 15
     Burton Stather Wharf 17
     Flixborough Wharf (Flixship) 17
     Grove Wharf 17
     Keadby Lock 74
     Gunness Wharf 17
     West Stockwith Lock 74
     Gainsborough Wharf 17
♦ Trent above Gainsborough ### 06
     Torksey Lock 74
     Cromwell, Nether, Town, Hazelford, Gunthorpe, Stoke, Holme Locks 74
♦ Witham Estuary 12
     Boston Docks 12 11
     Grand Sluice 74
♦ Nene tideway 14
     Sutton Bridge Port 14
     Sutton Swing Bridge 09
     Wisbech Port 14
     Dog-in-a-Doublet Lock 77
♦ Great Ouse tideway (KLCB) 14 11 12
     Kings Lynn Docks (ABP) 14 11
     Salters Lode Lock 73
     Denver Sluice 73
♦ Yare 12
     Yarmouth Harbour (Yarmouth) * 12 09 11
     Haven Bridge, Breydon Bridge, Trowse Railway Bridge, Carrow Bridge 12
♦ Lowestoft Harbour/Lake Lothing/Oulton Broad (VTS)
     (Lowestoft Harbour Control) *
14
     Harbour Bridge (Lowestoft Harbour Control) * 14 11
     Mutford Lock & Bridge, Carlton Swing Br. (Mutford Control) 14 09
♦ Orwell Navigation Service VTS (Ipswich Port Radio) * 68
     Ipswich Port (Ipswich Port Radio) * 68
♦ Stour (VTS) (Harwich VTS) * 71
     Harwich Harbour * 71 14
♦ Colne and Blackwater 68
     Brightlingsea Port (Brightlingsea Port Radio) 68
♦ Crouch, Roach and Havengore 80
     Havengore Lift Bridge (Shoe Bridge), also call Range Officer (Shoe Base) for clearance (24h notice required) 72
♦ Lea 74
     Bow Locks 80
♦ Thames (London VTS) (sea to Sea Reach No. 4 buoy)
(Port Control London) *
69 18 20
♦ Thames (London VTS) (Sea Reach No. 4 buoy to Crayfordness)
(Port Control London) *
68 18 20
♦ Thames (London VTS) (inland of Crayfordness) * 14 22
     Thames Barrier (London VTS) * 14
     Limehouse Lock (Limehouse Marina) 80
     Tower Bridge 14
♦ Medway & Swale (VTS) (Medway Radio) * 74 22 73
     Kingsferry Bridge 10
     Whitstable 09 12
♦ Exeter Ship Canal (Port of Exeter) 12
♦ Parrett (Bridgwater Port Radio) 08
♦ Bristol VTS (Avonmouth to Sharpness) * 12
     Bristol (City Docks Radio) (low power only) 14 11
     Bristol Floating Harbour 73
     Prince Street Bridge, Netham Lock 73
♦ G&S Canal and Severn upstream of Gloucester 74
     Sharpness Port (Sharpness Radio) 13
     Purton, Junction, Hempstead and Llanthony Bridges 74
     Gloucester, Upper Lode, Diglis, Bevere, Holt and Lincomb Locks 74
♦ Tawe (Swansea Docks Radio)* 14
     Tawe Lock 18
♦ Dee
     Mostyn Port 14
♦ Mersey (VTS) (Mersey Radio)* 12
     Mersey Radio (traffic reports, weather reports) * 09
♦ Manchester Ship Canal (Eastham to Manchester) (VTS) (Eastham Port Control) * 14
     Eastham Locks * 07
♦ Weaver and Weston Canal 74
     Marsh, Dutton, Saltersford Locks (also call-sign Weaver Base) 74
     Rock Savage, Sutton, Acton, Winnington Bridges 74
♦ Ribble, Douglas and Lune 16
     Preston Docks Lock (Riversway) 16 14
     Tarleton Lock 74
     Glasson Dock 69
♦ Clyde VTS (Estuary Control) * 12
♦ Crinan Canal (Crinan Sea Lock, Ardrishaig Sea Lock) 74
♦ Caledonian Canal
(Corpach Lock, Clachnaharry Sea Lock and main lock flights)
74
♦ Tay 12
     Dundee (Dundee Harbour Radio) * 12
     Perth Harbour 09
♦ Forth (VTS) (Forth Navigation) * 71 20 12
     Leith (Leith Harbour Radio) * 12
     Grangemouth Docks * 14
♦ Tyne VTS (Tyne Harbour Radio) * 12 11 14
♦ Tees VTS (Tees Port Control) * 14 22 12
     Tees Barrage Lock (Tees Barrage Radio) M
## - Use Channel 15 on the Ouse to Hook but also listen on Channel 14 for Goole movements.
$$ - Selby Rail Bridge is left open to river traffic when not attended.
### - Listen on Channel 15 on the Trent seaward of Gainsborough but also on Channel 17 for shipping movements at Trent wharves. Listen on Channel 6 inland of Gainsborough.
++ - Many of these locks are operated for commercial craft only by mobile lock keepers with
portable VHF sets. User-operation facilities are provided for pleasure craft.
 && - Initial contact on Channel 14, then transfer to Channel 20