Warnings alert mariners to potential dangers and risks. Coastal navigational warnings, radio navigational warnings, NAVAREA XIV warnings and meteorological warnings are all explained below.
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Coastal navigational warnings are issued by Maritime New Zealand and cover coastal waters out to a distance of 300 miles from the coast.
Maritime New Zealand’s coastal navigational warnings are broadcast from:
The more important coastal navigation warnings, such as the failure of landfall lights, may be repeated, and continue to be broadcast as long range navigational warnings over New Zealand's entire NAVAREA XIV. These broadcasts are repeated until the warning is no longer required.
Coastal navigation warnings do not contain meteorological information.
Radio navigational warnings give information about marine dangers and aids to navigation. These warnings are primarily to assist mariners in navigating up to the entrance of ports.
The type of information contained in radio navigational warnings is not limited, but the following are some examples:
Radio navigational warnings are broadcast from Taupo Maritime Radio (ZLM) and all Maritime VHF Radio stations.
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NAVAREA XIV warnings are issued from the Hydrographic Office of Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), Wellington.
The area of the southwest Pacific is detailed in the New Zealand Annual Notices to Mariners.
NZ Annual Notice to Mariners [Land Information New Zealand]
Maritime New Zealand’s NAVAREA XIV warnings are broadcast from:
Meteorological warnings such as forecasts of gales, storms, cyclones or tropical revolving storms are broadcast at scheduled times as described in the New Zealand Nautical Almanac. This Almanac is available online and from chart retailers.
New Zealand Nautical Almanac [Land Information New Zealand]
See our list of marine forecast sources