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 Newhaven NCI lookout

Newhaven NCI was founded in 2004 so 2019 marks our fifteenth anniversary of continuous community service without a single day of watchkeeping missed.

Newhaven NCI lookout is built on the cliff top on Castle Hill 175 feet above sea level. It provides a panoramic view of Seaford Bay from Newhaven Harbour entrance to Seaford Head eastwards and to the ocean off Brighton westwards as well as to seaward into the shipping lanes of the English Channel. On a clear day, a total exceeding 400 square miles can be observed. There is very good coverage for VHF radio reception.

The lookout at Newhaven was built in the early 1960s to replace a small lookout inside Newhaven Fort.

VHF radio: channel 65

The NCI holds a national licence issued by OFCOM for the exclusive 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 our lookout 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 in addition to providing actual weather and sea state conditions. They can also provide, on request, information on a range of local facilities and hazards. Call Newhaven NCI lookout on VHF channel 65. Our call sign is Newhaven NCI.

Access : 

Vehicular access is restricted to those on watch. Visitors should note that there are steep stairs to ascend in order to gain access to the lookout. There is no alternative access for those with mobility issues.

Visitor Policy: 
Visitors are normally most welcome at the lookout although, when an incident is ongoing, the duty watchkeeper may ask visitors to call back later. There is a large number of stairs to climb to the lookout floor and potential visitors should be aware of this.
Summer Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Summer hours commence at the start of BST. In summer (BST) the station closes at 2000 or sunset, whichever is sooner.
Winter Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Winter hours commence at the end of BST. In winter (UTC) the station closes at 1700 or sunset, whichever is sooner.
50° 46.95' N
000° 03.00' E
OS Reference: 
TQ 446 001
Station Post Code: 
No Post Code allocated
Station Elevation: 
Visual features of station: 
The lookout stands on the cliff top beside Newhaven Fort and next to a very prominent communications mast.
Operational Capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to NMOC Fareham
Current weather and sea conditions are available by telephone during watch hours. Our east and west facing webcams may also be accessed 24 hours a day. VHF channel 65 may also be used. Our call sign is Newhaven NCI.
Defibrillator Available: 
Mounted internally available when lookout is open
Station Telephone: 
01273 516464
Visual Watch: 
Radar Watch: 
AIS Watch: 
CCTV Watch: 
East and west facing webcams.
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: 
Newhaven NCI
Visual Horizon: 
14 nautical miles
Radar Horizon: 
20+ nautical miles
Station Address
Primary Contact: 
David Crozier
Primary Contact role: 
Station Manager
Primary Contact Telephone: 
07774 218900
Old Coastguard Lookout
Castle Hill
NB No land mail to the lookout, please.

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