How Passage Guardian Works
We monitor your vessel's position, course and speed 24/7 using data from your AIS and satellite tracker.
An alert is automatically generated if you slow down, stop, or fail to check in at agreed intervals.
We notify the rescue coordination centre when you may be in difficulty or when triggered by our missed check in policy.
Help can be with you long before you are reported overdue.
We review the weather daily for your area using PredictWind.
If we see anything of concern ahead, we will bring it to your attention.
To provide recreational cruisers with a gold plated tracking service, Northland Maritime Radio has partnered with Global Satellite Engineering Inc. (GSE) based in Florida USA.
GSatTrack PRO has advanced features that enhance your safety on an ocean passage, and is included with our Passage Guardian service.
HF Radio Skeds
During the months of May, June, October and November, we maintain a scheduled listening watch on our HF radio working frequencies.
Our station located in Russell, New Zealand covers the Tasman Sea, Coral Sea and most of the South Pacific Ocean.
Northland Maritime Radio Limited is owned by Peter Mott and operates from the iconic town of Russell in the Bay of Islands, NZ.
A skilled radio engineer and proficient coast station operator, Peter also holds New Zealand Boat Master and Coastal Skipper certifications. Sea time includes both coastal and ocean passages.
Additionally, Peter has SAR experience and is experienced in managing distress traffic when required.
Peter is a details guy and enjoys working with cruisers, weather routers, and when necessary rescue coordination centres.
Amateur station ZL1PWM is also available to communicate with licensed amateurs operating maritime mobile.
We were so lucky to have had Peter 'onboard' for our latest passage, Fiji to NZ, in highly unpredictable spring weather.
Knowing that Peter was watching over us helped me keep my sanity in amongst three preschool aged children and a husband who is new to Bluewater sailing. Thank you once again, Peter!
Peter has provided us with a wonderful service, it is a big ocean out there and to have someone to check in with nightly makes you feel a little more secure. We sailed from New Zealand to Vanuatu, to Fiji, to Wallis Island then to Western and American Samoa, over to Tonga and then up to Suwarrow, Christmas Island and finally arrived in Honolulu Hawaii with Peter there for us every day of our passages.
Our passage from Vanuatu to New Zealand this year was greatly assisted by Peter, Northland Radio. It is so comforting to hear a friendly voice which is calm and giving lots of relevant weather information from which to make decisions. We have 18 years of blue water sailing experience, and consider Northland Radio a MUST when doing passages in the South Pacific.
Northland Radio's powerful radio system proved very useful for getting information via my SSB radio on the many weather systems heading my way while on my recent nonstop, single-handed circumnavigation. To supplement the infrequent times that voice radio contact was not good enough, I was sent emails to give the weather information I would have received. Peter Mott, ZL1PWM, gave me as much time as was needed, using Predictwind and the European weather model (ECMWF), to supplement the GFS model (from NOAA) that I already had access to, in order to try to help me avoid the worst of storm systems and stay safe.