Harbour Radio is manned by qualified staff 24 hours a day and is based at the gatehouse at Port Chalmers. Harbour Radio monitor VHF channels 16, 14 and 62 and can track vessels on the approaches to and within Otago Harbour utilising Radar and Automatic Identification System (AIS). They also monitor Aids to Navigation in the form of lights, beacons, etc. providing the status of these to shipping and Harbour users.
All vessels over 12 metres in length must call Harbour Radio on the main navigation channel, before entering Otago Harbour.
Port Otago Harbour Control maintains full ship-to-shore communication systems, with a continuous 24 hour listening watch on VHF radio channels 16, 14 and 62.
Telephone: +64 3 472 9882
Harbour Control staff operate equipment sited at Taiaroa Head (formerly Signal Station) remotely from Port Chalmers. The equipment consists of radar, weather station, VHF equipment, AIS receiver and a generator to provide backup power.
At Taiaroa Head, there is a red flashing light which may be operated from Harbour Radio. The light signals that the bar at the harbour entrance is breaking and is a safety signal for all harbour users.
Harbour Radio can provide real time information on tide heights from three sites within Otago Harbour, as well as wind force and direction from four sites.
Harbour Conditions - more information on tide and wind