Proposed changes to Irish Coast Guard VHF working channels.
Notice to all Shipowners, Fishing Vessel Owners, Agents, Shipmasters, Skippers, Fishers, Yachtsmen and Seafarers.
Issued on 01/09/2020 by DTTS
As a result of amendments to transmitting frequencies in the VHF maritime mobile band which are harmonised internationally under the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), it is necessary for the Irish Coast Guard to make changes to the working channels currently used for communications with the public. This will involve the Irish Coast Guard upgrading radio equipment at a number of the VHF network remote locations prior to the channel changeover at each site.
While the dates are currently not clear due to delays and restrictions related to the impact of Covid-19. The proposed date for work to commence is October 5th and aimed to be completed in 10 weeks.
The table below sets out the changes to the working channels that will occur later this year following completion of the upgrades.
Please note that Channel 16, for distress, safety and calling, will remain available and not affected by any changes.
Channel 67, used for small craft safety information, will remain available if required, but not actively monitored at all times.
More information and the full Marine Notice here.