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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

Coastal Radio South:

  • o/Tjøme: MF primary channel Ch-251
  • o/Farsund: MF primary channel Ch-291
  • o/Rodaland: MF primary channel Ch-260
  • o/Bergen: MF primary channel Ch-272
  • o/Florø: MF primary channel Ch-256
  • o/Ørlandet: MF primary channel Ch-290

Coastal Radio North:

  • o/Sandnessjøen: MF primary channel Ch-266
  • o/Bodø: MF primary channel Ch-286
  • o/Andenes: MF primary channel Ch-249
  • o/Bjørnøya: MF primary channel Ch-270
  • o/Jan Mayen: MF primary channel Ch-277
  • o/Vardø: MF primary channel Ch-267
  • o/Berlevåg: MF primary channel Ch-261
  • o/Hammerfest: MF primary channel Ch-241
  • o/Svalbard: MF primary channel Ch-273
  • o/Svalbard HF: MF primary channel Ch-401

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 North: +47 75 52 89 25
Coastal 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.

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.


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) at:

  • 02:33
  • 06:33
  • 10:33
  • 14:33
  • 18:33
  • 22:33 

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 mile.

Broadcast of MSI at HF-NBDP for the Polar areas

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


  • Frequency 8416,5 kHz at 06:30 and 18:30
  • Frequency 4210,0 kHz at 06:45 and 18:45

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 for weather forecast HF NBDP METAREA-XIX (UTC):

  • Frequency 8416,5 kHz at 11:00 and 23:00
  • Frequency 4210,0 kHz at 11:15 and 23:15

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 at 12:15 and 23:15
  • Rogaland (channel 260) UTC at 12:15 and 23:15
  • Bergen (channel 272) UTC at 12:15 and 23:15
  • Florø (channel 256) UTC at 12:15 and 23:15
  • Ørlandet (channel 290) UTC at 12:15 and 23:15

North off 65° N:

  • Sandnessjøen (channel 266) UTC at 12:03 and 23:03
  • Andenes (channel 249) UTC at 12:03 and 23:03
  • Jan Mayen (channel 277) UTC at 12:03 and 23:03
  • Hammerfest (channel 241) UTC at 12:03 and 23:03
  • Berlevåg (channel 261) UTC at 12:03 and 23:03
  • Vardø (channel 267) UTC at 12:03 and 23:03
  • Svalbard (channel 273) UTC at 12:03 and 23:03
  • Svalbard (channel 401) UTC at 12:03 and 23:03

Weather Forecast from MET Norway

MET Norway is the meteorological service for both The Military and the Civil Services in Norway, as well as the public.

Norwegian weather and wave forecast are available on the internet at

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