TELE-POST maintains distress and safety control for shipping in Greenland waters.
Shipping also has the option of connecting to the telephone network via advanced transmitter/receiver systems from Upernavik in the north to Ikerasassuaq in the south and around Tasiilaq.
Aasiaat radio performs various types of service.
VHF telephony: Aasiaat radio can be called using distress traffic channel 16 and the working channel for the area in question.
MF telephony: Aasiaat radio are called using the working frequencies.
HF telephony: Aasiaat radio are called using their normal ITU working channels.
The channel numbers are given on in the list of frequencies.
For more information on frequencies and location see the frequency list.
Aasiaat radio broadcast traffic lists at regular intervals on their normal working frequencies and channels. Traffic lists are an international concept used where ships do not necessarily expect to be called.
Any ship of 20 GT and over and fishing vessels travelling between Greenland’s ports and harbours must provide Coastal Control reports.
In practice, the system works with each departing vessel giving Aasiaat radio the following information:
- Vessel name
- Place and time of departure
- Expected place and time of arrival
- Number of people onboard
If the voyage takes more than 24 hours, the vessel must report its position at least once every 24 hours. Arrival at the planned destination must be reported to Aasiaat radio.
If an agreed report is not given, the rescue authorities are notified.
Anyone can join KYSTKONTROL (COASTAL CONTROL) free of charge.
Storm warnings, gale warnings and ice warnings
Storm, gale and ice warnings received from DMI are broadcast by Aasiaat radio.
The warnings received are transmitted as scheduled broadcasts at 0605, 1105, 1605 and 2105 hours, local western Greenland time, summer and winter. Scheduled broadcasts are pre-announced in speech on 2182 kHz and channel 16 shortly after the silent period, and the warnings are read out on the working channels.
Warnings received outside the above times are broadcast on working frequencies and channels after prior announcement on MF DSC (2187.5 kHz), the distress traffic channel 2182 kHz and VHF channel 16, and are repeated at the end of the silence period at least half an hour afterwards.
Storm, gale and warnings of icing will also transmitted on HF and NAVTEX.
A chart of Greenland waters showing the division into meteorological areas can be viewed by clicking here.
Weather forecasts are transmitted in Greenlandic and danish language only.
If applicable please call Aasiaat radio for an updated weather forecast.
Weather forecasts for the towns can be viewed at DMI byvejr (town weather).
Aasiaat radio transmit forecasts at the following times 0805, 1205, 1805 and 2205. Those transmissions are only broadcast on the VHF working channels.
Reduced ice reports received from the Iscentralen in Narsarssuaq is available free of charge at Aasiaat radio.
Ice information is given free of charge.
Ice charts can be found on DMI ice charts.
Ice reports are also broadcast via NAVTEX.
Reports of significance to safety at sea and which do not arrive in time for publication in ‘Notice to Mariners’ are broadcast as navigational warnings via Aasiaat radio.
Aasiaat radio broadcast navigational warnings on working frequencies after the first silence period after reception after prior announcement on MF DSC, distress traffic channel 2182kHz and VHF channel 16. Further transmissions follows the trafficlists.
Notices to mariners are also broadcast via Navtex.
Safety notices (navigation notices, storm warnings, etc.) are also broadcast via radio telex on frequency 518 kHz. In order to receive these notices, the vessel must be equipped with a NAVTEX receiver.
Some NAVTEX transmitters in the waters around Greenland:
|NAVTEX station||Identification-letter||Transmit times UTC|
|Bodø radio, Svalbard||A||0000, 0400, 0800, 1200, 1600, 2000|
|Eqaluit radio||T||0310, 0710, 1110, 1510, 1910, 2310|
|Kook Island, Nuuk||W||0340, 0740, 1140, 1540, 1940, 2340|
|Labrador||X||0350, 0750, 1150, 1550, 1950, 2350|
|Reykjavik Radio, Saudanes||R||0250, 0650, 1050, 1450, 1850, 2250|
|Reykjavik Radio, Grindavik||X||0350, 0750, 1150, 1550, 1950, 2350|
|Simiutaq, Qaqortoq||M||0200, 0600, 1000, 1400, 1800, 2200|
|Upernavik||I||0120, 0520, 0920, 1320, 1720, 2120|
In the event of sudden illness or serious injury of a crew member onboard a ship, contact with a doctor can be made.
Ships entering Greenland waters should consult http://www.dma.dk/SikkerhedTilSoes/Arktis/SejladsGroenland/Sider/default.aspx for information.