The MCA has today issued the following statement:

MARITIME SAFETY INFORMATION: NAVTEX 490 KHZ Inshore Weather forecasts from Malin Head, Republic of Ireland from 1st April 2010

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency has been working with their colleagues in the Irish Coastguard over the winter months in trialling the broadcast of weather information from the Irish Navtex site at Malin Head. The trials were supported throughout by the United Kingdom Met Office, providing inshore weather forecasts and outlooks.

The trial has proved to be successful which will enable a full service to be operational from the 1st April 2010 . The following inshore waters sea areas will be broadcast at 0000 then every 4 hrs. Mariners should select B1 Character A on 490 kHz .

Steve Huxley, Search and Rescue Communications Manager at Falmouth Coastguard said, "The UK has very much appreciated the help given by the Irish Coastguard in using their Navtex site to fill in gaps of coverage which could not be provided by the UK infrastructure over North West Scotland."

Areas covered by Malin Head Navtex on 490 kHz:

  • Lough Foyle to Carlingford Lough
  • Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre, including the Firth of Clyde & North Channel
  • Mull of Kintyre to Ardnamurchan Point;
  • The Minch
  • Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath    

The RYA has been working closely with its contacts at both the MCA and the Met Office on the provision of Maritime Safety Information to recreational boaters and is delighted that this matter, which received comment as recently as the Spring 2010 issue of the RYA magazine, looks to have reached a satisfactory conclusion.