Darwin VTS maintains a continuous listening watch on channels 16 (Distress, Safety and Calling) and 10 (primary port operations working channel) - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
All vessels required to report to Darwin VTS in accordance with section 3.3 above shall, at all times, maintain a listening watch on channels 16 and 10.
Additionally, all other vessels operating within the port limits shall maintain a listening watch on channel 10 whilst underway or at anchor.
The following table contains the VHF channels utilised within the port and their primary use:
Frances Bay Mooring Basin Lockmaster
Communications with vessels entering or leaving Frances Bay Mooring Basin
Tipperary Waters Lockmaster
Communications with vessels entering or leaving Tipperary Waters marina
Wickham Point operations
Darwin Harbour Control working channel and primary port operations
Cullen Bay Lockmaster
Communication with vessels entering and leaving Cullen Bay marine
12 and 13
Ship manoeuvring with the assistance of tugs
14 and 69
Navy port working frequency
[International] distress, safety and calling
Ship-to-shore channel for vessels working in Hudson Creek
Bladin Point operations
Darwin Harbour Control weather and notices to mariners information channel (0703 & 1903)
Bayview Marina Lockmaster
Communications with vessels entering or leaving Bayview marina
Ship to Ship, Customs and Quarantine
Yacht racing and Regattas
Darwin Marine Supply Base
Darwin Marine Supply Base operations
When VHF radio is used between vessels for the purpose of discussing and agreeing special passing arrangements in order to remove the risk of collision, such communications shall be conducted on channel10 to ensure that Darwin VTS and other port users are aware of each vessel’s intention.