Southend

Welcome to NCI Southend lookout station

The station is within the boundary of the Ministry of Defence site at Shoeburyness, clearly visible from East Beach and gives us a commanding view over the Thames Estuary.

Visitor Policy
Visitors are possible, but only by prior arrangement with the station manager.
Access

Regular access requires all watchkeepers to hold a security clearance, issued by QinetiQ, the site managers.

Local Hazards
Shoebury Boom Extending from the shore for a distance of 1.25 miles. This presents a serious hazard for kite and board sailors when the wind is from South through to SW. Sandbanks flood as tide comes in leaving possibility of trapping people walking on the sand.
Operational capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to CGOC Dover
Current weather and sea conditions are available by telephone during watch hours
Defibrillator Available: 
No
Station Telephone: 
07815 945210
Visual Watch: 
Yes
Radar Watch: 
No
NAVTEX: 
No
AIS Watch: 
Yes
CCTV Watch: 
No
DSC Watch: 
Yes
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
16
67
69
74
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: 
Southend NCI
Visual Horizon: 
The area covered is from 045 degrees through South to 245 degrees

Station Info

Station Address
Southend NCI "Use Primary Contact Address for Mail"
c/o QinetiQ, Sentinel House,
Blackgate Road
Shoeburyness
Essex
SS3 9SR
Station telephone number
07815 945210
Station email address
Station contact
John Disney
Station contact role
Station Manager
01702 546603
Summer opening
Open from: 
09:00
Open until: 
18:00
Days: 
Saturday
Sunday
Notes: 
Summer hours operate July and August also all Bank Holidays.
Winter opening
Open from: 
09:00
Open until: 
17:00
Days: 
Saturday
Sunday
Notes: 
Winter covers January to end June then September through to end December Also all Bank Holidays Closed on Christmas Day.
Location
Latitude: 
51° 31.60' N
Longitude: 
0° 48.12' E
OS Reference: 
TQ 9466 8533
Station Elevation: 
30 feet/10 meters
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Visual features of station
The lookout is a pair of Porta-cabins with the upper one painted white,lower one painted blue.
Other identifying features
Large Sign giving station contact details. Tide Board displayed when station is open.

About

Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood 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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