When placing a Trip Report (TR) please be ready to provide the following:

  • Vessel name
  • Callsign
  • Departure point
  • Destination
  • Number of persons onboard (POB)
  • Estimated time of arrival (ETA)


Make sure you cancel your TR upon completion.  If you anticipate a change in your ETA then you must update your TR.  Marlborough-Nelson Radio will follow up on overdue vessels - if no contact is made within 30 minutes of missing your ETA the Police will be advised, which will most likely result in a search and rescue operation being initiated.

If any part of your trip takes place outside our area of coverage or hours of operation (0700 - 2200 hours) please log your TR with Maritime Radio on Channel 16 (Note that Maritime Radio may not instigate search and rescue for failure to cancel your TR).