Channel hazard reports to be broadcast only at VTS reporting points

Due to several concerns expressed by the maritime community, VTS (Vessel Traffic Services) will no longer provide mariners with channel hazard information via the VHF-FM channel 05A broadcast. VTS will revert to providing channel hazard summaries to mariners at designated VTS reporting points. Broadcasts via VHF-FM channel 05A will be reserved for critical events such as incidents, channel closures and severe weather warnings. This change took effect from 19 October 2004

Issued by the Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard

Contact: Howard Snaith