Marine Listening and Observation Pages and Links
Last updated December 4, 2019
My interest in marine listening comes and goes. My radio hobby began with a combination of listening to distant AM radio and listening to Marine radio along the BC coast when I was a teenager. In recent years I mostly listen in on cruise ships visiting Halifax from April to October. Marine listening on the old 2 MHz band is where I got my start in radio monitoring. Today's shipping uses four main radio bands: MF/HF (2 MHz - 30 MHz), VHF Marine Band, the UHF 400 MHz on-board bands, and various Satellite services. This scanning website deals with the VHF and UHF aspects only.
My Specialized Page on VHF and UHF marine radio in our region, and on Halifax Traffic (with a map of the sectors and calling-in points)
Despite my naval background I am most interested in cruise ships. I use the official cruise ship schedule included at Port of Halifax. Some years I post an expanded schedule showing information about the ships. I follow their movements online at www.marinetraffic.com, but recently I have also been using Cruise Ship Tracker as it clearly shows ship names (not just cruise ships), is easily navigated and has associated cruise ship information and itineraries. List of Cruise Ships and where they are in the world right now!
Cruise Critic's Cruise Ship Itineraries. Also includes Notes
on new ships and ships being reconditioned etc.
Cruise Ship Webcams. Some cruise ships have webcams…watch from the perspective of a passenger or the captain!
Click here for sailwx Or go to www.CruiseCal.com Presented in two different formats.
I also check the harbour webcams in our region from time to time. Here are some major relevant cameras:
|Chebucto Head webcam|
Like me, you will find the photos and commentary on the following observation and data websites to be very interesting:
Links to Marine Related Websites of Interest
Notices to Shipping for the Maritimes
Radio Aids to Marine Navigation
My HMCS Restigouche page. I was COMMO on Restigouche in the 1970's
Shipspotting.com a worldwide ship photo site
NOAA's Charts of the US Coasts, showing coastal Weatheradio sites and USCG stations. Excellent!
The Ship's List (Historical Records of Fleets and Passenger Lists)
Ships Nostalgia site (Interesting threads on ship and coast radio)
Fond BC memories for me: BC's
BC Coast Steamships. BC
West Coast Ferries Forum Tugboat Photo Site Evergreen Fleet (Ferries of Puget Sound and BC Coast)
Ready Aye Ready .. enthusiast site for the Royal Canadian Navy, current and historical
of the VHF Marine Band
especially in relation to Canada, and a channel by channel guide for the Halifax area and beyond.
UHF frequencies commonly used on-board ocean-going ships
Large ships (including cruise ships) may use on-board radio to coordinate cargo handling, passengers and events. For detail on which cruise ship uses which specific frequencies go to Bill Dunn's Cruise Ship Frequency website: www.scanmaritime.com
Map of Coast Guard Radio/VTS sites in Maritimes