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

Cromer

Welcome to NCI Cromer.

The lookout station overlooks the famous Devils Throat, a notorious area of the North Sea, respected by mariners through the ages. This busy Seaway holds many dangers for Shipping: Sand Banks, Oil Rigs, Gas Platforms and Wind Farms. All the traffic from the North East and Eastern Ports on transit to Europe and beyond pass our station. 

This North Norfolk coastline is also a busy tourist location. From our cliff-top position we have a commanding view over Cromer beach to the west of the famous pier, with the RNLI station and slipway clearly visible, to East Runton beach and beyond. We watch out for vulnerable people on the beach and water sports enthusiasts and can forewarn the Coastguard of actual or potential incidents at sea in order that a lifeboat can be launched at the earliest opportunity.

The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) has been allocated a national licence by OFCOM for the use of VHF Channel 65. This dedicated channel has been granted to NCI with strong support from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Channel 65 facilitates communications between NCI lookouts and seafarers on a variety of routine matters. Stations can respond to requests from passing, as well as local sailing craft and fishing vessels for radio checks as well as actual weather and sea state conditions. They are also be able to provide on request information on a range of local facilities including, for example, local moorings, charted anchorages, water taxi contact details and local hazards.
The facility became operational on 1 October 2014 when National Coastwatch stations went live for the first time on Channel 65. All stations are equipped with a dedicated radio for this purpose and the service has in some cases replaced the practice of some stations holding a licence to operate on Marina Channel 37. Accordingly all NCI Marina Channel licences have been surrendered.

Access : 

Via a Ramp-Disability Access

Visitor Policy: 
Visitors are normally most welcome at the lookout, although when an incident is ongoing, this may not always be convenient and the duty Watchkeeper may ask visitors to call back later.
Summer Opening
Open from: 
10:00
Open until: 
16:00
Days: 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Saturday
Sunday
Notes: 
Open from the start of British Summer Time. May extend PM watches depending on beach population
Winter Opening
Open from: 
10:00
Open until: 
16:00
Days: 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Saturday
Sunday
Notes: 
From the end of BST. Close 1600hours or dusk
Location
Latitude: 
52° 56.20' N
Longitude: 
001° 16.50' E
OS Reference: 
TG201427
Station Post Code: 
NR27 9PA
Station Elevation: 
114.8 feet 35 metres
Local Hazards: 
Sand Banks, Oil Rigs, Wind Farms, Cliffs and Tourist Beaches
Operational Capability
This station awaits assessment for Declared Facility Status
This station reports to CGOC Humber
Current weather and sea conditions are available by phone during watch hours or via vhf ch 65.
Defibrillator Available: 
No
Station Telephone: 
01263 513725
Visual Watch: 
Yes
Radar Watch: 
Yes
NAVTEX: 
No
AIS Watch: 
Yes
CCTV Watch: 
no
DSC Watch: 
Yes
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
06
08
10
16
62
63
64
67
73
Radio: Channels in use (call direct not via ch 16): 
M1 (ch 37)
M2 (ch 80)
65
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Station Call Sign: 
Cromer NCI
Other Watch Information: 
Radio: Channel 31 Listening Watch. (Lifeguards)
Visual Horizon: 
12 nautical miles
Radar Horizon: 
24 nautical miles
Station Address
Primary Contact: 
Linda Lawrence
Primary Contact role: 
Station Manager
NCI Cromer
East Runton Car Park
Beach Road
Cromer
Norfolk
NR27 9PA

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