TRACKING SHIPS ON THE GREAT LAKES

Whether it's just enjoying the passing of these large vessels or to set-up your photo shoot, here are a few ways to help track the passage of ships on the Great Lakes waterways. With the recent addition of "Homeland Security" possible restrictions may have been applied along with limited information available.

Radio Frequencies    /    Phone Numbers

Radio Frequency Listing - By using a simple hand held scanner or a ship-to-shore radio, you can listen in on ship communications.  Frequencies used by Shipping, Coast Guard, and Bridges are listed below.

Location or Type

Channel

Coverage

Bridge to Bridge Channel

ch.13 156.650mhz

Commercial vessels only

Calling / Distress

ch.16 156.800mhz

Calling / Distress

Working Channel

ch.06 156.300mhz

Commercial vessels only

Working Channel

ch.08 156.400mhz

Commercial vessels only

Soo Supply Warehouse

ch.08 156.400mhz

Supply Boat

Sarnia Traffic - sector 1

ch.11 156.550mhz

Detour Reef to Lake St. Clair Light

Sarnia Traffic - sector 2

ch.12 156.600mhz

Long Point Light to St. Clair Light

Seaway Beauharnois - sector1

ch.14 156.700mhz

Montreal to Lake St. Francis

Seaway Eisenhower - sector 2

ch.12 156.600mhz

Lake Francis to Bradford Island

Seaway Iroquois - sector 3

ch.11 156.550mhz

Bradford Island to Crossover Island

Seaway Clayton - sector 4

St. Lawrence River

ch.13 156.650mhz

Crossover Island to Cape Vincent

Seaway Sobus - sector4

Lake Ontario

ch.13 156.650mhz

Cape Vincent to Lake Ontario

Seaway Newcastle - sector 5

ch.11 156.550mhz

Lake Ontario to Welland Canal

Seaway Welland sector 6

ch.14 156.700mhz

Welland Canal

Seaway Long Point sector 7

ch.11 156.550mhz

Welland Canal to Long Point Light

Soo Control

ch.12 156.600mhz

St. Mary's River Traffic

Soo Lockmaster

ch.14 156.700mhz

Soo Locks

J.W. Westcott II

ch.10 156.500mhz

U.S. Mail boat, Detroit, MI

U.S.C.G.

ch.21 156.050mhz

United States Coast Guard

U.S.C.G.

ch.22 156.100mhz

United States Coast Guard

U.S.C.G.

ch.23 156.150mhz

United States Coast Guard

Phone Numbers - When your looking for a particular ship, you may get the information you need be calling one of the following phone numbers. Find the company that owns or charters that particular ship and call their pre-recorded message on ship movements. A few numbers will have someone there that can answer any question you may have. Ship schedules change often, so don't rely on old information.

Company

Phone #

Coverage

Algoma Central Marine

905-708-3873

Vessel movement

Boat watcher's Hotline

218-722-5489

Superior, WI, Duluth, Two Harbors, Taconite Harbor and Silver Bay

CSX Coal Docks

419-697-2304

Toledo, OH arrivals

DMIR Ore Docks

218-628-4590

Duluth, MN arrivals

DMIR Ore Docks

218-834-8190

Two Harbors arrivals

Eisenhower Lock

315-769-2422

Vessel movements

Inland Lakes Management

517-354-4400

IML Fleet movements

Michigan Limestone Docks

517-734-2117

Rogers City / Cedarville, MI arrivals

Oglebay Norton Co.

800-861-8760

Vessel movements

Presque Isle Corp.

517-595-6611

Stoneport, MI arrivals

Sarnia Traffic Center

519-337-6221

Vessel movements St. Clair River

Seaway Traffic Center ( Canada only )

800-465-9107

Vessel movements

Soo Control

906-635-3224

Previous day's traffic - St. Mary's River

Superior Midwest Energy Terminal

715-395-3559

Superior, WI arrivals

Thunder Bay Port Authority

807-345-1256

Thunder Bay, ON arrivals

USS Great Lakes Fleet

218-628-4389

U SS Fleet movements

ULS Group

905-688-5878

Vessel movements

Welland Cannel

905-688-6462

Vessel movements

 

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