Telephone for general enquiries 0300 111 1202
For press and media enquiries   0845 460 1202
Postal Address: 17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
Cornwall, PL14 4AB


Welcome to NCI Gosport Lookout Station

NCI Gosport welcomes anyone interested in the work of the NCI and in joining our Station to become a qualified Watchkeeper.  If you are interested and want to know more then email Gail Rendle, our Deputy Station Manager [email protected]

No previous maritime experience is necessary as our in house training programme will equip you with all the skills you need.  (See also "Volunteer Watchkeepers Required" tab on the left)

The National Coastwatch Institution is a registered charity.  All our equipment and running expenses are covered by fundraising.  Donations to our station are welcomed and cheques should be made out to "NCI Gosport".  Thank you.

Visitor Policy: 
The lookout is in a Ministry of Defence Security Restricted Area – Visitors are welcome but must be by appointment only.
Summer Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Summer watches are kept from the start of BST. The tower closes at sunset if that occurs before the scheduled watch end.
Winter Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Winter watches begin at the end of BST. The tower closes at sunset if that occurs before the scheduled watch end. The station is closed on Christmas Day.
50° 47.38' N
001° 06.72' W
OS Reference: 
SZ 6268 9928
Station Post Code: 
PO12 2AE
Station Elevation: 
36 Feet / 11 metres
Visual features of station: 
The station is in the Signal Tower in Fort Blockhouse at the western side of the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. Large blue/yellow NCI Banner facing harbour entrance and the NCI flag flown during opening hours.
Local Hazards: 
Narrow harbour entrance channel with commercial, military and pleasure craft traffic. Tides in/out of harbour can reach 4.5kts during Spring tides.
Operational Capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to NMOC Fareham
Radio checks and current local weather and sea conditions are available on CH 65 or by telephone during watch hours.
Defibrillator Available: 
Mounted internally available when lookout is open
Station Telephone: 
023 9276 5194
Visual Watch: 
Radar Watch: 
AIS Watch: 
DSC Watch: 
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
Radio: Channels in use (call direct not via ch 16): 
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Station Call Sign: 
Gosport NCI
Other Watch Information: 
Station also has a reporting line to QHM Portsmouth Port Control. Ch 32 is used for contact with MVS Gosport (Maritime Volunteer Service)
Visual Horizon: 
7.01 nautical miles
Station Address
Primary Contact: 
Chris Aps
Primary Contact role: 
Station Manager
Primary Contact Telephone: 
07710 429264
NCI Gosport
Signal Tower
Fort Blockhouse
PO12 2AB

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[email protected] (for membership enquiries)

[email protected] (for all other enquiries)

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