METAREA III - Western Mediterranean

Station

kHz

Times (UTC

Content

Sea Areas

Cabo la Naõ (X)

518

0750/1950

Sea Area Forecasts for next 24 hours

Alborán, Palos, Argelia, Cabrera, Baleares, Menorca, Leon, Provenza, Liguria, Corcega, Cerdeña, Annaba.

la Garde

(W)

518

1140/2340

Warning summary and Sea Area Forecasts for next 24 hours and a brief outlook

Lion, Provence, Ligure, Elbe, Corse, Maddalena, Sardaigne, Minorque, Baléares, Est Cabrera

la Garde (S)

490

0700/1900

Warning summary and Sea Area Forecasts for next 24 hours and a brief outlook (in French)

Lion, Provence, Ligure, Elbe, Corse, Maddalena, Sardaigne, Minorque, Baléares, Est Cabrera:

Rome (R)

518

0650/1850

24 hour forecast/12 hour Outlook. Followed by 4 12 hour brief outlooks

Ligurian Sea, Northern Tyrrhenian Sea, Central Tyrrhenian Sea, Southern Tyrrhenian Sea

Cagliari (Sardinia) (T)

518

0710/1910

As Rome

Sardinian Channel, Sardinian Sea, Corsican Sea

Augusta (Sicily) (V)

518

0730/1930

As Rome

Sicily Strait, Ionian Sea, Southern Adriatic

Malta (O)

518

0620/1820

24 hour forecast for 50 miles around Malta.

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Eastern Mediterranean, Adriatic and Aegean

Station

kHz

Times (UTC

Content

Sea Areas

Trieste (U)

518

0720/1920

As Rome

Central and Northern Adriatic

Split (Q)

518

Every 4 hours from 0240

12 hour forecast and 12 hour outlook, Updated always at 0640/1840 and sometimes at 1040 and, 1440.

Adriatic .

Kerkyra (K)

518

0540/0940 1740/2140

.24 hour forecast and 12 hour outlook

South Adriatic, North Ionia, South Ionio, Patraikos, Korinthiakos, Kithira sea

Iraklion (Crete) (H)

518

0510/0910 1710/2110

.24 hour forecast and 12 hour outlook

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Limnos (L)

518

0550/0950 1750/2150

.24 hour forecast and 12 hour outlook

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Haifa (P)

518

Every 4 hours from 0020

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Black Sea

For historical reasons the Black Sea stations do not conform with the normal alphabetical broadcasting sequence. This will be resolved in the fullness of time.

Istanbul (D)

518

Every 4 hours from 0030

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Mariupol (B)

518

0500/1300

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Odessa (C)

518

1030/1830

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Varna (J)

518

0530/1730

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NOTES

General Notes

         Forecast areas are on my METAREAs I, II and III page. See also the Météo-Francele guide marine site.and Martin Stubbs' FAQ.

         Extended Outlooks on UK NAVTEX broadcasts (only) cover the three days beyond the latest 24 hour outlook. So, for example, the outlook issued on the night of Monday/Tuesday is for the period Wednesday, Thursday and Friday..

         Warnings will be broadcast as soon as possible and repeated every 4 hours

         UK Warning summaries will EITHER list areas with a gale warning in force, list warnings by reference number OR say WARNINGS: NIL.

         UK Brief outlooks will not exceed 30 words, so will be brief and to the point. If no hazards are expected this is usually stated.

         Station Identification letters for 490 kHz transmissions differ from those for 518 kHz.

         Warnings on UK 490 kHz. are only broadcast if there is a significant change to the Inshore Waters Forecast which could result in problems for small craft.

Specific Notes

         Note 1 Niton (K) on 518 kHz does not include any forecasts.

         Note 2 Gran Sol is, effectively, a large area comprising Plymouth, Lundy, Fastnet and E Sole.

         Note 3 Monsanto broadcasts two separete NAVTEX messages in the same time slot

         Note 4 Marsala is the mid-Atlantic area immediately south of Milne, Same longitude co-ords as Milne and southern boundary 30 deg N.

The Future

Considered user reaction and comment are always useful.. The MCA is very clearly a lead player and is up to the MCA to ensure that Met Office provides the information that meets the user need. For more general matters concerned with NAVTEX eg quality of reception then please contact Guy Bealeat the UKHO, Taunton. Guy is the Secretary IMO NAVTEX Co-ordinating Panel BUT, first, see my NAVTEX Problems page.

Links to texts of broadcasts under GMDSS, including NAVTEX can be found on another page of this site.

 

 

NAVTEX Abbreviations

In order to minimise the length of NAVTEX weather transmissions, there is a set of recommended abbreviations set out below.

North (erly)

N

Northeast(erly)

NE

East(erly)

E

Southeast(erly)

SE

South(erly)

S

Southwest(erly)

SW

West(erly)

W

Northwest(erly)

NW

Backing

BACK

Becoming

BECMG

Building

BLDN

Cold Front

C-FRONT / CFNT

Decreasing

DECR

Deepening

DPN

Expected

EXP

Forecast

FCST

Filling

FLN

Following

FLW

From

FM

Frequent/Frequency

FRQ

HectoPascal

HPA

Heavy

HVY

Improving/Improve

IMPR

Increasing

INCR

Intensifying/Intensify

INTSF

Isolated

ISOL

Km/h

KMH

Knots

KT

Latitude/Longitude

LAT/LONG

Locally

LOC

Metres

M

Meteo

MET

Moderate

MOD

Moving/Move

MOV or MVG

No change

NC

Nautical miles

NM

No significant change

NOSIG

Next

NXT

Occasionally

OCNL

Occlusion Front

O-FRONT / OFNT

Possible

POSS

Probability/Probable

PROB

Quickly

QCKY

Quasi-Stationary

QSTNR

Quadrant

QUAD

Rapidly

RPDY

Scattered

SCT

Severe

SEV / SVR

Showers

SHWRS / SH

Significant

SIG

Slight

SLGT or SLT

Slowly

SLWY

Stationary

STNR

Strong

STRG

Temporarily/Temporary

TEMPO

Further outlooks

TEND

Veering

VEER

Visibility

VIS

Variable

VRB

Warm Front

W-FRONT / WFNT