What are the UK shipping areas?

Region names

  • Viking.
  • North Utsire.
  • South Utsire.
  • Forties.
  • Cromarty.
  • Forth.
  • Tyne.
  • Dogger.

Where are the Shipping Forecast areas?

The list of sea areas is as follows, going from clockwise from the North East: Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight, Portland, Plymouth, Biscay, Trafalgar, FitzRoy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Malin.

How many UK shipping forecast areas are there?

31 sea areas
The shipping forecast is issued four times a day, 2300, 0500, 1100, 1700 GMT and covers the next 24 hours. The waters around the British Isles are divided into 31 sea areas shown on the map in figure 8.

How many shipping areas are there?

31 zones
There are now 31 zones, which are given out in strict order, beginning at Viking in the north-east bordering Norway, and proceeding in a clockwise direction round the British Isles. Only seven areas survive from the original list: Forties, Humber, Dogger, Thames, Wight, Shannon and Hebrides.

What are the sea areas?

The 4 sea areas are classified as: A1, A2, A3 and A4.

  • Sea area A1: Covered by VHF radio enabling Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and Radio Telephone (RT).
  • Sea area A2: Covered by MF radio also enabling DSC and RT.

Why was Finisterre changed to FitzRoy?

British broadcasters will rename the zone FitzRoy, chosen in memory of the founding father of the Met Office, Admiral Robert FitzRoy, who allegedly committed suicide in 1865, frustrated that his forecasts couldn’t prevent ships from sinking at sea. Not everyone is happy with the change.

What are the 4 sea areas?

What is Area A3?

Sea Area A3 An area, excluding sea areas Al and A2, within the coverage of an INMARSAT geostationary satellite in which continuous alerting is available.

Where is Finisterre shipping area?

The name Finisterre has been part of the UK Shipping Forecast since 1949. Britain uses the term to refer to a 90,000 square mile area of Atlantic Ocean off the North West coast of Spain.

What is sea area A3?

sea area A3: within the coverage of an Inmarsat geostationary satellite (approximately 70°N to 70°S, excluding sea areas A1 and A2)

What are the 4 sea areas of GMDSS?

The GMDSS operates over 4 sea areas of coverage from shore to ship. The 4 sea areas are classified as: A1, A2, A3 and A4. Sea area A1: Covered by VHF radio enabling Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and Radio Telephone (RT). Determined range of approximately 20-30 nautical miles.