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Miscellaneous Notices to Mariners

8 Coastal Radio – Maritime Safety Information (MSI)

Coastal radio broadcasts Maritime Safety Information (MSI) and forecasts on MF primary channels, available VHF working channels and Navtex. More information at

Coastal Radio
Coast Radio Station MF Primary Channel
Coast Radio South o/Tjøme Ch 251
Coast Radio South o/Farsund Ch 291
Coast Radio South o/Rogaland Ch 260
Coast Radio South o/Bergen Ch 272
Coast Radio South o/Florø Ch 256
Coast Radio South o/Ørlandet Ch 290
Coast Radio North o/Sandnessjøen Ch 266
Coast Radio North o/Bodø Ch 286
Coast Radio North o/Andenes Ch 249
Coast Radio North o/Bjørnøya Ch 270
Coast Radio North o/JanMayen Ch 277
Coast Radio North o/Vardø Ch 267
Coast Radio North o/Berlevåg Ch 261
Coast Radio North o/Hammerfest Ch 241
Coast Radio North o/Svalbard Ch 273
Coast Radio North o/Svalbard HF Ch 401

8.1 Routines for Maritime Safety Information (MSI)

Vital and very important navigational warnings and storm warnings (force 9 and up), are notified by DSC on MF and VHF followed by advertising on VHF Ch 16 and 2,182 kHz immediately after receipt from the Meteorological Institute or The Norwegian Coastal Administration. Warnings are then readout on the announced working channels.

Important navigational warnings and strong wind warnings (less than force 9) are broadcast only on VHF Ch 16 and 2,182 kHz before being readout on the advertised working channels. Strong wind and storm warnings are repeated twice in subsequent bulletins.

Navigation alerts are repeated in the two subsequent bulletins, and then once a day (10:33 UTC) for 7 days. Besides this, the numbers of valid navigational warnings which are still inforce are broadcast in regular bulletins until cancellation.

Channel 260 (Rogaland) is not used for the regular airing of MSI messages as the area is covered by the transmitters in Farsund and Bergen.

8.1.1 Navtex

In the Navtex system, vital and important messages are sent immediately upon receipt. Navigation warnings are repeated in the regular bulletins until cancellation. Strong wind and storm warnings are repeated once in the subsequent regular airtime.

8.2 Schedules for MSI Broadcasts

Scheduled MSI Voice Broadcasts (UTC)
Time UTC Notices

MSI + Tfc List


MSI + Tfc List


MSI + Tfc List


MSI + Tfc List


MSI + Tfc List


MSI + Tfc List


Scheduled broadcast for Navtex (UTC)

Svalbard (A) 00001 0400 08002 12001 16003 2000 450 nm
Vardø (C) 00201 0420 0820 12201 16203 2020 450 nm
Bodø (B) 00101 0410 0810 12101 1610 2010 450 nm
Ørlandet (N) 02101 0610 1010 14101 1810 2210 450 nm
Rogaland (L) 01501 0550 0950 13501 1750 2150 450 nm
Jeløy (M)* 02001 0600 1000 14001 1800 2200 150 nm

1) Include weather forecast

2) Include ice report

3) Include ice reports on Tuesdays

* Warnings for the Oslofjord og Skagerak.

Range indicates the senders estimated range in nautical mil

Broadcast of MSI at HF-NBDP for the Polar areas

HF NBDP (telex) dispatched by Vardø radio via transmitter on Svalbard.


8416,5 kHz

0630 and 1830

4210,0 kHz

0645 and 1845

Ice warnings over HF NBDP

Broadcast during winter time for METAREA XIX, on Tuesdays at 23.00 UTC on 8416,5 kHz and at 23:15 at 4210,0 kHz.

Scheduled broadcast weather forecast HF NBDP METAREA-XIX (UTC)

Frequency Time

8416,5 kHz

1100 and 2300

4210,0 kHz

1115 and 2315

8.3 Monitoring

Emergency channels

Norway does not currently monitor HF channels.

The Coast Radio Station monitors all the maritime emergency channels:

  • VHF DSC (Ch 70)
  • VHF tale (Ch 16)
  • MF DSC distress (2187,5 kHz) follow up on voice channel 2182 kHz

In addition the Coast Radio Station monitor the following channels 24-7:

  • MF DSC international (2189,5 kHz)
  • All VHF working channels

Ships are encouraged to contact the Norwegian Coast Radio Station using digital selective Call (DSC). Using MMSI 002570000 in the call, the system automatically selects the nearest Norwegian Coast Radio Station.

Termination of listening watch on MF Voice channel

From March 1 2018, Coastal Radio bends listening to all MF voice channels. From this date it will only be listened to DSC. All voice channels will still be in operation, but only after callback using DSC.

8.4 Weather forecast

Local forecast for coastal areas are broadcast on channel 16 and on VHF working channels every day at 09:00, 12:00, 15:00, 18:00 and 21:00 local time. Weather forecast for waters are not advertised on call channels.

The alerts are sent out on some of the MF channels at the advertised times:

South off 65° N:

  • Farsund (channel 291) UTC: 12.15 og 23.15
  • Rogaland (channel 260) UTC: 12.15 og 23.15
  • Bergen (channel 272) UTC: 12.15 og 23.15
  • Florø (channel 256) UTC: 12.15 og 23.15
  • Ørlandet (channel 290) UTC: 12.15 og 23.15

North off 65° N:

  • Sandnessjøen (channel 266) UTC: 12.03 and 23.03
  • Andenes (channel 249) UTC: 12.03 and 23.03
  • Jan Mayen (channel 277) UTC: 12.03 and 23.03
  • Hammerfest (channel 241) UTC: 12.03 and 23.03
  • Berlevåg (channel 261) UTC: 12.03 og 23.03
  • Vardø (channel 267) UTC: 12.03 and 23.03
  • Svalbard (channel 273) UTC: 12.03 and 23.03
  • Svalbard (channel 401) UTC: 12.03 and 23.03

8.5 Miscellaneous

The nearest coastal radio station is reached by dialling telephone number 120.

From phones that require an international dialling code to call Norway the following list of direct dial numbers is useful:

Coastal radio stations
Radio Direct number
Coast Radio North +47 75 52 89 25
Coast Radio South +47 51 69 00 44

All coastal radio stations receive and record Safe Sea Net messages (SSN) Arrival Notification and Reporting Point directly in the NCA SSN system.

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