All vessels over 12 metres in length must call Harbour Control before entering Otago Harbour on the main navigational channel.
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.
In addition, at Taiaroa Head is a red flashing light which may be operated from Harbour Control. The red flashing light signifies that the bar at the entrance to the Otago Harbour is breaking. This is a safety signal for all Harbour users.
Harbour Control can provide real time information on tide heights from three sites within Otago Harbour as well as wind force and direction from four sites. The tide and wind information is also available in the Harbour Conditions section.
The following article describes the installation of a new VTS solution at Port Otago in 2016: