From July 1st 2019, Guernsey VTS is the first point of contact for recreational craft and all commercial vessels using St Sampson's and St Peter Port Harbour's. The location of the Signal Station at the end of the White Rock Pier and the monitoring of CCTV, AIS, and VHF channels assist the VTS Officers in their task of keeping watch on the various activities in the harbour, day and night. CCTV, VHF and telephone conversations are all recorded and can be used in any investigation into incidents within the harbour.
Participation will be compulsory for vessels of 20 metres or more in length, and those vessels engaged in towing, within the Guernsey VTS area. This area is enclosed by a line joining St Martin's Point, the Lower Heads Buoy, Le Plat Houmet, Tautenay, the Platte Fougere Lighthouse and Fort Doyle. The callsign 'Guernsey VTS', which will replace 'Guernsey Port Control', and will be used by the VTS officers who govern and monitor vessel movements into and out of St Peter Port and St Sampson's Harbours and adjacent waters.
The VTS officers will also use standard Marine Communication Phrases, set out by the United Nation's International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and are designed to avoid any ambiguity or misunderstanding between VTS officers and vessel crew. This is particularly important where English is not the first language on the bridge of visiting vessels.
Further details can be found be found in the booklet below.
Speed limits from four to six knots are in force, as shown on the plan of [pdf icon] St Peter Port Harbour [172kb]. A speed limit of six knots is in force in most of the bays around the coast of Guernsey and in the approaches to Herm and Jethou. There is also a speed limit of six knots off most of the bathing beaches in Herm and at Rosaire anchorage. Click here for more information.
Guernsey Coastguard provides emergency cover when required and maintains a 24-hour watch on VHF Channel 16.
VHF DF bearings can also be provided on VHF channels 16 or 67 (after initial call on 16). The aerial position for D/F purposes is 49˚ 26.27'N, 02˚ 35.77'W.
The normal working frequency of Guernsey Coastguard is VHF Channel 20 (direct calling).
Guernsey VTS works on VHF Channel 12 or 67.
VHF Channels 12 or 67 should be monitored by mariners entering / exiting St Peter Port to be aware of any impending commercial movements and is not to be used for berthing information and general enquiries.
Guernsey Coastguard maintains a 24 hour watch on DSC VHF channel 70. You can test your equipment with us by sending a routine call.
A typical DSC routine VHF message is sent as follows:
Follow your sets instruction and enter in the MMSI number for Guernsey Coastguard ( 002320064 ) or which ever coastguard station you require and press SEND.
Once we receive your DSC message we will acknowledge it and will select which VHF channel we would like you to initiate a voice call on. Your set will automatically switch to the desired VHF channel. Wait for your set to display the channel response from the coastguard (VHF channel 20 for Guernsey Coastguard) and call us:
"Guernsey Coastguard, Guernsey Coastguard this is ______________________ MMSI 123456789, over."
We will respond as usual and advise you that we received your DSC.
A Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number is only issued to vessels fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and/or (Satellite) Ship Earth Station (SES) equipment.
In order to get an MMSI number you will need to be in possession of a valid Ship Radio Licence.