Portland Bill - QAVS

Welcome to NCI Portland Bill lookout station

NCI Portland Bill is a recipient of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

NCI Portland Bill is situated at an elevation of 50 metres above sea level approximately 500 metres north of the Portland Bill Lighthouse.

The Portland Bill team are proud of their Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS).

Portland Race video - Courtesy of Stuart Morris

Visitor Policy
Visitors welcome at the discretion of the duty watchkeeper.
Local Hazards
Portland Race, the Shambles and steep cliffs.
Operational capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to NMOC Fareham
Current weather and sea conditions are available by telephone or VHF channel 65, during watch hours
Defibrillator Available: 
Mounted externally available 24 x7 call number displayed on unit for instructions
Station Telephone: 
01305 860178
Visual Watch: 
Yes
Radar Watch: 
Yes
NAVTEX: 
No
AIS Watch: 
Yes
CCTV Watch: 
Yes: the inshore passage.
DSC Watch: 
Yes
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
12
16
73
74
86
Radio: Channels in use (call direct not via ch 16): 
65
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Station Call Sign: 
Portland Bill NCI
Visual Horizon: 
15 nautical miles
Radar Horizon: 
20 nautical miles

Station Info

Station Address
NCI Lookout
Higher Lighthouse Lane
Portland
DT5 2JT
Station telephone number
01305 860178
Station email address
Station contact
Geoff Peters
Station contact role
Station Manager
01305 860178
Summer opening
Open from: 
07:00
Open until: 
19:00
Days: 
Every Day
Notes: 
Summer watches start at the beginning of BST.
Winter opening
Open from: 
08:00
Open until: 
17:00
Days: 
Every Day
Notes: 
Winter watches start at the end of BST. The station is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Location
Latitude: 
50° 31.28 N
Longitude: 
002° 27.45 W
OS Reference: 
SY 676 692
Station Elevation: 
50m/164ft
What3Words: 
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Visual features of station
The lookout was an old white painted Coastguard Tower which was rebuilt in 2006 as a brick/metal framed building clad in white. The tower has a flagstaff.

About

Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2500 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Rossall  Point in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.

Contact


General enquiries
0300 111 1202

Media enquiries
0845 460 1202


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