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TELE 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 on the section from Upernavik in the north to Ikerasassuaq in the south and around Tasiilaq.


Aasiaat radio performs various types of service.

Working frequencies

VHF telephony: Aasiaat radio can be called using emergency traffic channel 16 and the working channel for the section of waterway 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, for a technical description of the installations use the link below.

Traffic lists

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.

Coastal control

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
  • Route
  • 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-, gale- and icewarnings

Storm, gale and ice warnings received from DMI are broadcast by Aasiaat radio.

The warnings received are issued as scheduled broadcasts at 0605, 1005, 1505 and 2005 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 for issuing outside the above times are broadcast on the working frequencies and channels after prior announcement on MF DSC (2187.5 kHz), the emergency traffic channel 2182 kHz and VHF channel 16, and are repeated at the end of the silent period occurring at least half an hour afterwards.

Storm, gale and ice warnings are also broadcast on HF and NAVTEX.

A chart of Greenland waters showing the division into shipping zones can be viewed by clicking here.


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.

Navigational warnings

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, emergency 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:

Bodø radio, Svalbard A 0000, 0400, 0800, 1200, 1600, 2000
Eqaluit radioT0310, 0710, 1110, 1510, 1910, 2310
Kook Island, NuukW0340, 0740, 1140, 1540, 1940, 2340
Labrador X 0350, 0750, 1150, 1550, 1950, 2350
Reykjavik Radio, Saudanes0250, 0650, 1050, 1450, 1850, 2250
Reykjavik Radio, GrindavikX0350, 0750, 1150, 1550, 1950, 2350
Simiutaq, QaqortoqM0200, 0600, 1000, 1400, 1800, 2200
UpernavikI 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.

As far as possible, vessels will be connected to a doctor in the first town the vessel is expected to arrive at.


Ships entering Greenland waters should consult for information.