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VHF Radio Frequencies

Darwin VTS maintains a continuous listening watch on channels 16 (Distress, Safety and Calling) and 10 (primary port operations working channel) - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

All vessels required to report to Darwin VTS in accordance with section 3.3 above shall, at all times, maintain a listening watch on channels 16 and 10.

Additionally, all other vessels operating within the port limits shall maintain a listening watch on channel 10 whilst underway or at anchor.

The following table contains the VHF channels utilised within the port and their primary use:

VHF Channel

Used for

Primary use

06

Frances Bay Mooring Basin Lockmaster

Communications with vessels entering or leaving Frances Bay Mooring Basin

08

Tipperary Waters Lockmaster

Communications with vessels entering or leaving Tipperary Waters marina

09

Darwin LNG

Wickham Point operations

10

All vessels

Darwin Harbour Control working channel and primary port operations

11

Cullen Bay Lockmaster

Communication with vessels entering and leaving Cullen Bay marine

12 and 13

Tugs

Ship manoeuvring with the assistance of tugs

14 and 69

Naval vessels

Navy port working frequency

16

All vessels

[International] distress, safety and calling

17

Hudson Creek

Ship-to-shore channel for vessels working in Hudson Creek

67

All vessels

Darwin Harbour Control weather and notices to mariners information channel (0703 & 1903)

68

Bayview Marina Lockmaster

Communications with vessels entering or leaving Bayview marina

72

All vessels

Ship to Ship, Customs and Quarantine

73

Yachts

Yacht racing and Regattas

74

Darwin Marine Supply Base

Darwin Marine Supply Base operations

88INPEX LNGBladin Point operations

When VHF radio is used between vessels for the purpose of discussing and agreeing special passing arrangements in order to remove the risk of collision, such communications shall be conducted on channel10 to ensure that Darwin VTS and other port users are aware of each vessel’s intention.