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Fishing Ports and Port Registration Letters

Commercial fishing boats are regulated by Government agencies. To ensure clear identification each fishing boat must display Port Registration Letters. The style of these letters varies depending on the Country that issues them, but they usually take the form of a letter code that identifies the port or administrative area, and a number that identifies the individual boat. Some Countries reissue the same number when it becomes available after the loss or scrapping of a vessel, while others issue unique numbers to each new boat that is registered. The general principles are similar to those in various Countries for motor vehicle number plates.

·         Some ports exist only as an administrative area and may issue registration letters although there is no significant fishing fleet. For example, the harbour at Banff in Scotland is so small that no large trawler could enter it, but the registration letters BF, which, like all British registration letters, are issued by a centralised national office, are used by many fishing boats working from the big harbours of North East Scotland.

·         Some countries issue registration letters at State, County, or Province level and these letters will apply to any port or harbour within the Province etc

This list gives the Port Registration Letters for most European countries, and I am trying to extend it to include other countries worldwide.  It includes registration letters which because of territorial and political changes are no longer in use, but may be of historic interest in identifying old photographs.

Some non European countries do not issue Port Registration Letters, but simply allocate a number to each fishing boat.  Please scroll to the end of the list for details of these countries

The date at the end of the Notes is the last visit or the last report I have for the harbour – obviously the older the date, the less reliable the comments !

Last updated on 25 July 2017

 List of Fishing Ports and their Registration Letters

 Letters

Port

Country

Notes

A

Aberdeen

Scotland

No longer the important fishing port it used to be - the main maritime business is offshore oil support. Excellent photo views for all ships entering and leaving the harbour, but poor vantage points for quayside photos of fishing boats. Most of the Scottish East Coast fishing boats are further north at Peterhead and Fraserburgh. (July 2016)

A

Akershus

Norway

 

A

Aalborg

Denmark

 

A

Antwerp

Belgium

 

A

Aruba

Dutch Caribbean

 

AA

Aabenraa

Denmark

 

AA

Alloa

Scotland

There is no fishing trade here, and only a few small boats use these registration letters (June 2015)

AA

Aust - Agder

Norway

 

AA

Westeraccumersiel

Germany

 

AAL

Ahvenanmaa

Finland

 

AB

Aberystwyth

Wales

 

AB

Bensersiel

Germany

 

ABH

Bremerhaven

Germany

 

AC

Arcachon

France

 

AC

Calolinensie

Germany

 

ACC

Accumerseil

Germany

 

AD

Ardrossan

Scotland

Commercial port in the Firth of Clyde. Most boats use the BA Ballantrae registration

AD

Audierne

France

 

AD

Langeoog

Germany

 

ADF

Lamberts Bay

South Africa

 

AE

Emden

Germany

 

AF

Friesdrichs Schleusses

Germany

 

AG

Greetseil

Germany

 

AH

Angra do Heroismo

Portugal

 

AH

Arbroath

Scotland

Only a few boats now use the harbour, most landings are at Aberdeen, Peterhead and Fraserburgh. The town is famous for producing smoked haddock (2016)

AH

Ahtopol

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script.  AH is the nearest Latin script equivalent to the Cyrillic  AX

AH

Ditzum

Germany

 

AI

Akureyri

Iceland

 

AJ

Ajaccio

Corsica  France

 

AJ

Juist

Germany

 

AK

Andijk

Netherlands

 

AL

Albufeira

Portugal

Small boats can be found on the beaches all along the coast (May 1983)

AL

Algeciras

Spain

 

AL

Algiers

Algeria

 

AL

Ameland

Netherlands

 

AL

Leer

Germany

 

ALK

Alkmaar

Netherlands

 

AM

Almeria

Spain

 

AM

Amsterdam

Netherlands

The Maritime Museum has a preserved fishing boat (October 1997)

AM

Leerort

Germany

 

AN

Ancona

Italy

 

AN

Ancora

Portugal

 

AN

Norderney

Germany

 

AO

Oldersum

Germany

 

AQ

Retzmarsiel

Germany

 

AR

Agadir

Morocco

Historic interest only  - these Port Letters relate to the period of French colonial rule in Morocco

AR

Arnes Syssel

Iceland

 

AR

Ayr

Scotland

The fish market here closed in 1997 and the boats moved a few miles north to Troon. Boats also use Girvan, to the south of Ayr.

AR

Rhaudermoor

Germany

 

ARC

Arcachon

France

 

ARM

Arnemuiden

Netherlands

 

ARN

Arnis

Germany

AS

Aarhus

Denmark

 

AS

Spickeroog

Germany

 

AS

Ahus

Sweden

ASS

Assel

Germany

AT

Alicante

Spain

 

AT

Terborg

Germany

 

AU

Audierne

France

 

AU

Augusta

Sicily  Italy

 

AU

Baltrum

Germany

 

AV

Aveiro

Portugal

 

AV

Avenhorn

Netherlands

 

AV

Norden

Germany

 

AW

Aengwirden

Netherlands

 

AW

Wilhelmshaven

Germany

 

AX

Ahtopol

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script.  AH is the nearest Latin script equivalent to the Cyrillic  AX

AX

Borkum

Germany

 

AY

Norddeich

Germany

 

AY

Auray

France

 

AZ

Neuharlingsersiel

Germany

 

 

 

 

 

B

Belfast

Northern Ireland

 

B

Blankenburg

Belgium

 

B

Bonaire

Dutch Caribbean

 

BA

Bakar

Croatia

 

BA

Ballantrae

Scotland

Another tiny and little used harbour, but the BA registration letters are carried by many of the West Coast fishing boats

BA

Bayonne

France

 

BA

Bari

Italy

 

BA

Barcelona

Spain

 

BA

Bardastradn Syssel

Iceland

 

BB

Bremen

Germany

 

BCH

ҔЧ

Balchick

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script.  BCH is the nearest Latin script equivalent to the Cyrillic script ҔЧ

BCK

Buckie

Scotland

There is a fish market and several boats land catches here, but it is not a busy port. There are good views of the boats and there is also the Buckie Drifter Fisheries Museum (May 2016)

BD

Bideford

England

A shallow tidal estuary with only a few small boats, but the port also includes Appledore, with its excellent maritime museum and the picturesque village of Clovelly, once famous for its herring boats.  Barnstaple and Bideford both have 12-16 foot salmon boats that carry registration letters  (August 2004)

BD

Binh Dinh

Province

Vietnam

 

BD

Budva

Montenegro

 

BD

Buskerud

Norway

 

BE

Barnstaple

England

 

BEI

Beidenfleth

Germany

BEN

Bensersiel

Germany

 

BF

Banff

Scotland

Tiny harbour, but registration port for many Scottish fishing boats. The adjacent port of Macduff is a major repair yard for fishing boats and also has a Marine Aquarium (May 2015)

BG

Biograd Na Moru

Croatia

 

BH

Blyth

England

 

BH

Brouwershaven

Netherlands

 

BH

Varna

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script.  VN is the nearest Latin script equivalent to the Cyrillic BH

BI

Bastia

Corsica  France

 

BI

Bilbao

Spain

 

BI

Bizerte

Tunisia

 

BIN

Bingum

Germany

 

BK

Berwick on Tweed

England

Not many boats in the town of Berwick on Tweed, but a variety of boats using the BK letters can be seen in coastal villages such as Seahouses, Amble and Newbiggen  ( September 2016 )

BL

Bac Lieu

Province

Vietnam

 

BL

Barletta

Italy

 

BL

Boulogne

France

Many fishing boats use the quays close to the town centre 

BL

Bristol

England

 

BL

Byala

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script.  BL is the nearest Latin script equivalent

BM

Brixham

England

Fishing port, a major marina for pleasure boats, and a busy tourist area.

BN

Boston

England

 

BO

Bol

Croatia

 

BO

Borrowstoness

Scotland

Its actually pronounced Bo-ness. There are no fishing boats here

BOG

Borgerende

Germany

 

BON

Bongsiel

Germany

 

BOR

Borkum

Germany

 

BOU

Bouchoute

Belgium

 

BR

Barreiro

Portugal

 

BR

Brava

Cape Verde Islands

 

BR

Breskens

Netherlands

 

BR

Brest

France

 

BR

Bridgewater

England

 

BR

Brindisi

Italy

 

BR

Struis Bay

South Africa

 

BRA

Brake

Germany

 

BRD

Broadford

Skye, Scotland

This is a tiny harbour with no fishing fleet. A few fishing boats can be found at Uig, Portree, Dunvegan and Kyleakin. Skye is no longer an island - there is a bridge to the mainland. (June 2015)

BRE

Bremen

Germany

 

BRO

Brokdorf

Germany

BRU

Brunsbuttelkoog

Germany

 

BRU

Bruinisse

Netherlands

 

BS

Baska

Croatia

 

BS

Beaumaris

Wales

 

BS

Burgas

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script.  BS is the nearest Latin script equivalent

BT

Ben Tre

Province

Vietnam

 

BTh

Binh Thuan

Province

Vietnam

 

BU

Bunschoten

Netherlands

 

BU

Burntisland

Scotland

Another harbour with few fishing boats. There are a some small boats at nearby Kinghorn (2016)

BUR

Burgstaaken

Burhaversiel

Germany

 

BUS

Busum

Germany

 

BV

Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province

Vietnam

 

BV

Boa Vista

Cape Verde Islands

 

BV

Bremen - Vegesack

Germany

 

BW

Barrow

England

 

BX

Bremerhaven

Germany

 

BX

Bordeaux

France

 

BZ

Bergen op Zoom

Netherlands

 

BZ

Bozava

Croatia

 

 

 

 

 

C3

 Sozopol

 Bulgaria

C3 is the Cyrillic script that appears on the boat.  SZ is the nearest Latin script equivalent

C

Caen

France

 

C

Cork

Ireland

 

C

Coxyde

Belgium

 

CA

Cadiz

Spain

 

CA

Cagliari

Sardinia  Italy

 

CA

Cardigan

Wales

 

CAN

Cancale

France

 

CC

Concarneau

France

 

CC

Corigliano Calabra

Italy

 

CE

Coleraine

Northern Ireland

 

CF

Cardiff

Wales

 

CG

Callantsoog

Netherlands

 

CH

Cherchell

Algeria

 

CH

Cherbourg

France

 

CH

Chester

England

 

CHA

Chalupy

Poland

 

CHY

Chlopy

Poland

 

CI

Chioggia

Italy

 

CK

Colchester

England

 

CK

Crikvenica

Croatia

 

CL

Calais

France

 

CL

Carlisle

England

 

CLN

Clinge

Netherlands

 

CM

Camaret

France

 

CM

Ca Mau

Province

Vietnam

 

CM

Caminha

Portugal

 

CN

Campbeltown

Scotland

 

CN

Cimbrishamn

Sweden

 

CO

Caernarfon

Wales

 

CO

Coruna

Spain

 

CO

Coursuelles

France

 

CP

Castellon

Spain

 

CP

Colijnsplaat

Netherlands

 

CR

Crotone

Italy

 

CS

Cascais

Portugal

 

CS

Castellammare Di Stabia

Italy

 

CS

Cowes

England

 

CS

Cres

Croatia

 

CT

Cape Town

South Africa

CT

Cartagena

Spain

 

CT

Castletown

Isle of Man

 

CT

Catania

Italy

 

CT

Cavtat

Croatia

 

CT

Constanta

Romania

 

CT

Trouville

France

 

CU

Ceuta

Spanish North Africa

 

CV

Citavecchia

Italy

 

CUX

Cuxhaven

Germany

 

CY

Castlebay

Scotland

Harbour on the island of Barra in the Western Islands

CY

Cayenne

French Guiana

French overseas region and department

CZ

Cadzand

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

D

Doel

Belgium

 

D

Dunkirk

France

D

Dublin

Ireland

 

DA

Dala Syssel

Iceland

 

DA

Drogheda

Ireland

 

DAB

Dabie

Poland

 

DAG

Dagebull

Germany

 

DAH

Dahme

Germany

DAN

Dangast

Germany

 

DAR

Darlowo

Poland

DB

Dubrovnik

Croatia

 

DBK

Dabki

Poland

 

DD

Dordrecht

Netherlands

 

DDF

Gans Bay

South Africa

 

DE

Dundee

Scotland

When Herman Melville wrote "Moby Dick", Dundee was a major whaling port. Now there is no fishing of any importance, but boats in the small harbours around the Firth of Tay use the DE registration letters (2016)

DEB

Debki

Poland

 

DED

Dedesdorf

Germany

 

DH

Dartmouth

England

 

DI

Dieppe

France

DI

Dzaoudzi

Petite Terre

Mayotte

French overseas region – Indian Ocean

DIN

Dinant

France

DIT

Ditzum

Germany

 

DK

Dundalk

Ireland

 

DK

Dunkirk

France

 

DNa

Da Nang

Province

Vietnam

 

DNA

Durban

South Africa

 

DO

Douglas

Isle of Man

 

DOR

Dorum

Germany

 

DP

Dieppe

France

 

DR

Dover

England

 

DRA

Drage

Germany

 

DRE

Oehe-Drecht

Germany

DS

Dumfries

Scotland

There is no fishing fleet in Dumfries - it is too far upriver. Boats operate from Kirkcudbright and Isle of Whithorn (despite the name, the Isle of Whithorn is a mainland town, not an island) 

DV

Deventer

Netherlands

 

DW

Doniawestal

Netherlands

 

DWI

Dzwirzyno

Poland

 

DZ

Delfzijl

Netherlands

 

DZ

Douarnenez

France

 

DZI

Dziwnow

Poland

 

 

 

 

 

E

Ericeira

Portugal

 

E

Esbjerg

Denmark

 

E

Exeter

England

 

EA

Eysafjord

Iceland

 

EB

Elburg

Netherlands

 

ECKE

Eckernforde

Germany

 

EE

Eenrum

Netherlands

 

EE

Engure

Latvia

 

EG

Egmond aan Zee

Netherlands

 

EH

Enkhuizen

Netherlands

 

EL

Etel

France

 

ELA

East London

South Africa

 

ELM

Elmhorn

Germany

 

ELS

Elsfleth

Germany

 

EMD

Emden

Germany

 

ER

Ericeira

Portugal

 

ES

Esposende

Portugal

 

EWD

Ellewoutsdijk

Netherlands

 

EZ

Ezinge

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

F

Fano

Denmark

 

F

Faversham

England

 

F

Fecamp

France

 

F

Finnmark

Norway

 

FAL

Falshoft

Germany

FD

Fleetwood

England

Best place to view the fishing boats is from the promenade at the mouth of the river as they arrive and depart

FD

Fuglefjord

Faeroe Islands

 

FE

Ferrol

Spain

 

FE

Folkestone

England

 

FED

Fedderwardersiel

Germany

 

FF

Figueria da Foz

Portugal

 

FF

Fort de France

Martinique

French overseas region - Caribbean

FG

Falkenberg

Sweden

 

FG

Fogo

Cape Verde Islands

 

FH

Falmouth

England

 

FIN –nn- K

Lymi

Finland

 

  Replace  “nn”  with appropriate number

FIN -nn-  L

Lappi

Finland

FIN –nn- O

Oulu

Finland

FIN –nn- T

Turku

Finland

FIN –nn- U

Uusimaa

Finland

FIN –nn- V

Vaasa

Finland

FK

Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands

 

FL

Finsterwolde

Denmark

 

FLE

Flensburg

Germany

FN

Frederikshaven

Denmark

 

FN

Franeker

Netherlands

 

FN

Funchal

Madeira, Portugal

 

FR

Faro

Portugal

 

FR

Fraserburgh

Scotland

Major fishing port. Lots to see around the harbour. Good photo opportunities. There are harbours in the small villages of Sandhaven, Rosehearty, Pennan and Gardenstown, situated between Fraserburgh and Macduff. Access to the harbours at Gardenstown and Pennan (with the famous red telephone box from the film “Local Hero” ) is by precipitous, narrow, winding roads.  Sadly, Pennan usually has only 1 or 2 small fishing boats in the tiny harbour ( June 2016 )

FRI

Friedrichskoog

Friedrichsort

Germany

 

FRO

Frombork

Poland

 

FY

Fowey

England

 

FZ

Fuzeta

Portugal

 

 

 

 

 

G

Galway

Ireland

 

G

Granville

France

 

GA

Gaasterland

Netherlands

 

GA

Gaeta

Italy

 

GC

Gran Canaria

Spain

Like Tenerife, it is worth hiring a car to get to the small ports and beaches to find the local fishing boats (September 1983)

GD

s'-Gravendeel

Netherlands

 

GDA

Gdansk

Poland

GDY

Gdynia

Poland

GE

Gefle

Sweden

 

GE

Genoa

Italy

 

GE

Goole

England

 

GEV

Geversdorf

Germany

 

GG

Geertruidenberg

Netherlands

 

GG

Goteborg

Sweden

 

GH

Grangemouth

Scotland

Major port and oil refinery in the Firth of Forth. There is no local fishing, and except for occasional repair work there are no fishing boats to be seen here

GI

Gijon

Spain

 

GK

Greenock

Scotland

Industrial town and commercial harbour. There are no fishing boats based here

GK

Grindavik

Iceland

 

GL

Gallipoli

Italy

 

GLU

Gluckstadt

Germany

 

GM

Genemuiden

Netherlands

 

GN

Granton

Scotland

Used to be a fishing port, but is now part of the City of Edinburgh and the harbour is a marina for pleasure craft. There are a few small fishing boats at nearby Newhaven (June 2016)

GO

Goedereede

Netherlands

 

GOE

Goes

Netherlands

 

GOT

Gothmund

Germany

GR

Gloucester

England

 

GR-1-nn

GR-2-nn

..

..

GR-18-nn

 

 

 

Greenland

 

I do not know if the GR-1, GR-2, etc code represents an individual port, or if it is series of numbers issued by a central government office

The port letters GR-1 etc are followed (nn) by the individual fishing boat number

GRA

Grauw

Netherlands

 

GRA

Gravelines

France

 

GRE

Greetsiel

Germany

 

GRO

Grossenbrode

Germany

GRÖ

Gromitz

Germany

GRO

Groningen

Netherlands

 

GS

Gasselte

Netherlands

 

GT

Gioia Tauro

Italy

 

GT

Grafhorst

Netherlands

 

GU

 

Guernsay

 

GV

Guilvinee

France

 

GW

Glasgow

Scotland

Only a few boats use the GW registration and none operate from within the City boundaries. Glasgow used to be a major port and shipbuilding centre but it never had a fishing fleet. (2015)

GY

Grimsby

England

 

GZ

ذ‎ غ‎

Ghazaouet

Algeria

 may appear on boat as Latin script GZ or as Arabic script   ذغ

 

 

 

 

H

Helsingor

Denmark

 

H

Heyst

Belgium

 

H

Hordaland

Norway

 

H

Hull

England

 

HA

Haparanda

Sweden

 

HA

Harlingen

Netherlands

 

HAF

Haffkrug

Germany

HAL

Halsteren

Netherlands

 

HAR

Harlesiel

Germany

 

HAS

Audeich/Kreuzdeich

Germany

HAS

Hasselt

Netherlands

 

HAT

Hatzum

Germany

 

HB

Het Bildt

Netherlands

 

HBK

Hamburg - Kleinfahrzeuge

Germany

 

HC

Cuxhaven

Germany

 

HC

Nessebar

Bulgaria

HC are the Cyrillic script letters that appear on on the boat..  The nearest latin script equivalent is NS

HD

Halmstad

Sweden

 

HD

Den Helder

Netherlands

 

HE

Hayle

England

 

HEI

Heikendorf

Germany

HEIL

Heiligenhaven

Germany

 

HEL

Helgoland

Germany

 

HEL

Hel

Poland

HEN

Hennstedt

Horst

Germany

HF

Hamburg - Finkenwerder

Germany

 

HG

Helsingborg

Sweden

 

HG

Hjoring

Denmark

 

HH

Hamburg

Germany

 

HH

Harwich

England

 

HI

Hindelopen

Netherlands

 

HK

Holbaek

Denmark

HK

Harderwijk

Netherlands

 

HL

Hemellumer

Netherlands

 

HL

Hartlepool

England

 

HL

Hudiksvall

Sweden

 

HM

Hanstholm

Denmark

HN

Hoorn

Netherlands

 

HND

Harnosand

Sweden

 

HO

Honfleur

France

 

HO

Hoogeveen

Netherlands

 

HOE

Hoedekenskerke

Netherlands

 

HOH

Hohwcht

Germany

HOK

Hoek

Netherlands

 

HON

Hontenisse

Netherlands

 

HOO

Hooge

Hooksiel

Hoopte

Germany

 

HOR

Horumersiel

Germany

 

HÖR

Hornum

Germany

HP

Hoofdplaat

Netherlands

 

HR

Harsova

Romania

 

HR

Herkingen

Netherlands

 

HS

Haamstede

Netherlands

 

HS

Houmt Souq

Tunisia

 

HT

Ha Tinh

Province

Vietnam

 

HT

Heenvliet

Netherlands

 

HT

Horta

Faial,  Azores Portugal

 

HTB

Hout Bay

South Africa

 

HU

Huelva

Spain

 

HU

Hunavatn

Iceland

 

HUB

Hubertsberg

Germany

HUS

Husum

Germany

 

HV

Hadersley

Denmark

 

HV

Hellevoetsluis

Netherlands

 

HV

Hvar

Croatia

 

HVH

Hoek van Holland

Netherlands

 

HVL

Hoogvliet

Netherlands

 

HW

Hoogwoud

Netherlands

 

HZ

Huizen

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

I

Isigny

France

 

IB

Ibiza

Spain

Many beaches and harbours with small boats (1984)

IE

Irvine

Scotland

 

IH

Ipswich

England

 

IL

Ilpendam

Netherlands

 

IJM

Ijmuiden

Netherlands

 

IM

Imperia

Italy

 

INS

Inverness

Scotland

There is no fishing fleet here, but many boats working from Scottish east coast ports use the INS registration letters.  Occasional fishing boats can be seen berthed at Muirton Locks in the city, awaiting passage through the Caledonian Canal  ( December 2016 )

IO

Isle d'Oleron

France

 

IS

Isafjordur

Iceland

 

IS

Ist

Croatia

 

IZ

 Izola

Slovenia

 

 

 

 

 

J

 

Jersey

 

JAN

Jantar

Poland

 

JAR

Jaroslawiec

Poland

 

JAS

Jastarnia

Poland

JB

Jablanac

Croatia

 

JEL

Jelitkowo

Poland

 

JEM

Jemgum

Germany

 

JHF

Johor State

Malaysia

JHF = Commercial fishing boat

JHS = Sampan fishing boat

JHS

Johor State

Malaysia

JHF = Commercial fishing boat

JHS = Sampan fishing boat

JJ

ج ج

 Jijel

 Algeria

 May appear on boat as Latin script JJ or as  Arabic script   ج ج

JL

Jelsa

Croatia

 

JN

Sabah State

Malaysia

See entry for SJN

 

 

 

 

K

Kieldrecht

Belgium

 

K

Kirkwall

Orkney Islands Scotland

Only a few fishing boats are based in Kirkwall. Small fishing boats can be found in the many harbours around the Orkney Islands, but most of the big trawlers land their catches in the Scottish mainland ports of Scrabster, Wick, Fraserburgh and Peterhead. (1998)

K

Kopenhagen

Denmark

 

KA

Karlskrona

Sweden

 

KAM

Kamien Pomorski

Poland

 

KAP

Kappeln

Germany

 

KAS

Kasenort

Germany

KAT

Katy Rybackie

Poland

 

KB

Kalk Bay

South Africa

 

KB

Karlobag

Croatia

 

KB

Kb

Kavarna

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script and will display on the boat as, approximately KB or Kb. The nearest latin script equivalent is KV

KB

Krabbendijke

Netherlands

 

KD

Kristianstad

Sweden

 

KD

Kattendijke

Netherlands

 

KE

Koege

Denmark

KE

Keflavik

Iceland

 

KE

Kerkwerve

Netherlands

 

KEL

Kellenhusen

Germany

KET

Ketelsby

Germany

KG

Kien Gang

Province

Vietnam

 

KG

Klaksvig

Faeroe Islands

 

KH

Khanh Hoa

Province

Vietnam

 

KH

Kolhorn

Netherlands

 

KHF

Kedah State

Malaysia

KHF = Commercial fishing boat

KHS = Sampan fishing boat

KHS

Kedah State

Malaysia

KHF = Commercial fishing boat

KHS = Sampan fishing boat

KIE

Kiel

Germany

KK

Koudekerke

Netherlands

 

KK

Krk

Croatia

 

KL

Klaipeda

Lithuania

Also appears to use LT-P-

KL

Klundert

Netherlands

 

KMN

Kamienica Elblaska

Poland

 

KN

Karlshamn

Sweden

 

KN

Kruiningen

Netherlands

 

KNF

Kelantan State

Malaysia

KNF = Commercial fishing boat

KNS = Sampan fishing boat

KNO

Knork

Germany

KNS

Kelantan State

Malaysia

KNF = Commercial fishing boat

KNS = Sampan fishing boat

KO

Koog aan der Zaan

Netherlands

 

KO

Korcula

Croatia

 

KOL

Kolberg

Germany

 

KOL

Kolobrzeg

Poland

KP

Kampen

Netherlands

 

KR

Kalmar

Sweden

 

KP

Koper

Slovenia

 

KR

Korsor

Denmark

 

KR

Kraljevica

Croatia

 

KRA

Krakstorf

Germany

KRM

Krynica Morska

Poland

 

KRO

Kronsgaard

Germany

KRS

Karsibor

Poland

 

KU

Kuinre

Netherlands

 

KUZ

Kuznica

Poland

 

KV

Kavarna

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script.  KV is the nearest Latin script equivalent to the Cyrillic letters KB or Kb

KW

Katwijk

Netherlands

 

KY

Kirkcaldy

Scotland

No local fishing fleet - the boats are further along the coast at the harbours of Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem and St. Monans. The Scottish Fisheries Museum at Anstruther is worth a visit ( December 2016 )

KZ

Komiza

Croatia

 

 

 

 

 

L

Lannion

France

 

L

Lemvig

Denmark

 

L

Limerick

Ireland

 

L

Lisbon

Portugal

 

L

Luderitz

Namiba

Namibia uses the registration letter “L” for all fishing vessels

LA

Landskrona

Sweden

 

LA

La Rochelle

France

 

LA

Liepaja

Latvia

Also appears to use LVL

LA

Llanelli

Wales

 

LA

Lulea

Sweden

 

LAB

Laboe

Germany

 

LAN

Langballigau

Germany

 

LANG

Langholz

Germany

LBB

Leerort

Germany

LBN

Lubin

Poland

 

LE

Finkenwarder

Germany

 

LE

Leixoes

Portugal

 

LE

Lemsterland

Netherlands

 

LEB

Leba

Poland

LEE

Leer

Germany

 

LEM

Lemkenhafen

Germany

LF

Altenwerder

Germany

 

LG

Lagos

Portugal

 

LH

Le Havre

France

 

LH

Leith

Scotland

This is the port for the City of Edinburgh, the Capital of Scotland, but there are no fishing boats here - they are all in the harbours of Musselburgh, Cockenzie, Port Seaton, North Berwick and Dunbar along the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, and the North Sea harbours of St. Abbs and Eyemouth (June 2016)

LI

Littlehampton

England

 

LI

Livorno

Italy

 

LIP

Lippe

Germany

LIST

List auf Sylt

Germany

 

LK

Lerwick

Shetland Islands Scotland

Big trawlers can be seen in Lerwick and nearby Scalloway. The small villages around the coast often have marina style moorings with walkways and pontoons, but access to the moorings is controlled by locked gates, and it can be difficult to get good photo opportunities. . You need a car to get around. There are good inter island ferry services but these can be busy in the summer months. Allow for flexible planning if visiting - gale force winds are common and weather conditions can stop air and ferry services at short notice. ( June 2016)

LK

Lubeck

Germany

 

LL

Limassol

Cyprus

 

LL

Liverpool

England

 

LL

Lysekil

Sweden

 

LM

La Maddalena

Italy

 

LM

Landsmeer

Netherlands

 

LN

Lokken

Denmark

LN

Kings Lynn

England

 

LNF

Labuan Federal Territory

Malaysia

LNF = Commercial fishing vessel

LNG

Linkoping

Sweden

 

LO

London

England

No fishing fleet operates from the Capital of England, although a few boats based in the South of England region use the LO letters (2015)

LO

Lorient

France

 

LOG

Loga

Germany

 

LP

Lajes

Pico, Azores Portugal

 

LP

Loppersum

Netherlands

 

LR

Lancaster

England

 

LS

Leens

Netherlands

 

LS

Sables d'Olonne

France

 

LT-P-

Klaipeda

Lithuania

Also appears to use KL

LT

Lowestoft

England

 

LU

Lielupe

Latvia

 

LU

Lugo

Spain

 

LUN

Nesserdeich – Wollersum

Germany

LVL

Liepaja

Latvia

Also appears to use LA

LVR

Riga

Latvia

Also appears to use RG

LVV

Ventspils

Latvia

Also appears to use VP

LW

Leewarden

Netherlands

 

LX

Lisbon

Portugal

 

LY

Londonderry

Northern Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

M

Middelkerke

Belgium

M

Marstal

Denmark

 

M

Milford Haven

Wales

 

M

Melilla

Spain

 

M

Mor og Romsdal

Norway

 

M

Murmansk

Russia

MA

Maio

Cape Verde Islands

 

MA

Makarska

Croatia

 

MA

Malaga

Spain

 

MA

Maassluis

Netherlands

 

MA

Mahdia

Tunisia

 

MA

Marseilles

France

 

MAA

Maasholm

Germany

 

MBA

Mossel Bay

South Africa

 

MC

Marina Di Carrara

Italy

 

MD

Marstrand

Sweden

 

MD

Moscenicka Draga

Croatia

 

ME

Medemblik

Netherlands

 

ME

Messina

Sicily   Italy

 

ME

Montrose

Scotland

Not many fishing boats, and it can be difficult to get a good position for photographs. It is worth looking at the small harbours of Johnshaven, Gourdon, and Stonehaven, all on the main road north between Montrose and Aberdeen (June 2014)

MEC

Mechelinki

Poland

 

MEL

Meldorf

Germany

 

MF

Manfredonia

Italy

 

 

 

 

MFA

 

MFB

 

MFC

 

MFD

 

 

 

 

Malta

MFA and MFB are the professional categories -  vessels whose catch can be marketed. The difference between them is that MFA are full time vessels while MFB are part time.

MFC vessels are vessels that cannot commercialize their catch. Other than this they are also restricted in the gears that can be used.

MFD registrations are completely different from those described previously. MFD vessels are not engaged in the catching of fish. Specifically, the MFD category involves auxiliary vessels such as those involved in the carriage of fish or assistance on fish farms.

MG

Mangalia

Romania

 

MG

Middelburg

Netherlands

 

MG

غ‎ م‎

Mostaganem

Algeria

may appear on boat as Latin script MG or as Arabic script  غ‎ م‎

MH

Menorca

Spain

 

MH

Middlesborough

England

Small boats operate from the beaches all along this part of the East coast of England, not from harbours, and are launched and recovered by tractors with trailers

MIK

Mikoszewo

Poland

 

MIW

Miedzywodzie

Poland

 

MIZ

Miedzyzdroje

Poland

 

MK

Malinska

Croatia

 

MK

Marken

Netherlands

 

ML

Maasland

Netherlands

 

ML

Mali Losinj

Croatia

 

ML

Methil

Scotland

Methil used to be a major commercial dock, now greatly declined from its heyday.  There are a few small fishing boats based here,  but it is difficult to get a good photo vantage point   (July 2015)

ML

Molfetta

Italy

 

MLL

Melilla

Spanish North Africa

MM

Mamaia

Romania

 

MM

Mom

Sweden

 

MN

Maldon

England

 

MN

Marennes

France

 

MN

Milna

Croatia

 

MN

Monfalcone

Italy

 

MO

Malmo

Sweden

 

MO

Monastir

Tunisia

 

MO

Monnikendam

Netherlands

 

MP

Meppel

Netherlands

 

MR

Manchester

England

Big city in middle of England with a canal to the sea. You could grow old trying to find any fishing boats here,  but the MR registration letters are carried by a few boats working from harbours on the coast

MR

Mersrags

Latvia

 

MRZ

Mrzezyno

Poland

 

MT

Martigues

France

 

MT

Maryport

England

 

MT

Metkovic

Croatia

 

MT

Middlefart

Denmark

 

MU

Muiden

Netherlands

 

MU

Murter

Croatia

 

MUN

Munkmarsch-Sylt

Germany

 

MV

Mazara del Vallo

Sicily  Italy

 

MX

Morlaix

France

 

MZ

Milazzo

Sicily  Italy

 

 

 

 

 

N

Nakskov

Denmark

 

N

Nazare

Portugal

Small boats launch direct from the beach but there is also a modern harbour just outside the town (1984)

N

Neringa

Lithuania

 

N

Newport

Wales

 

N

Newry

Northern Ireland

 

N

Nieuwpoort

Belgium

 

N

Nordland

Norway

 

NA

Aruba

Dutch Caribbean

 

NA

Nantes

France

 

NA

Naples

Italy

 

NA

Nighe An

Province

Vietnam

 

NB

Bonaire

Dutch Caribbean

 

NB

Emden

Germany

 

NB

Nieuw Beierland

Netherlands

 

NC

Curacao

Dutch Caribbean

 

NC

Cuxhaven

Germany

 

ND

Novigrad (Cittanova)

Croatia

 

ND

Nyord

Denmark

ND

Nieuwe Niedorp

Netherlands

 

NE

Newcastle

England

 

NE

Sint Eustatius

Duch Caribbean

 

NES

Nessmersiel

Germany

 

NEU

Neufeld

Neuharlingersiel

Neuhaus/Oste

Germany

 

NEUK

Neukirchen

Germany

NF

Nykjobing

Denmark

 

NG

Ditzum/Emden

Germany

 

NG

Novigrad (Dalmacija)

Croatia

 

NG

Nyborg

Denmark

 

NG

Nykoping

Sweden

 

NI

Nice

France

 

NI

Nieuwendam

Netherlands

 

NIE

Niechorze

Poland

 

NIE

Niendort

Germany

NK

Neskaupstadur

Iceland

 

NK

Nijkerk

Netherlands

 

NKG

Norrkoping

Sweden

 

NM

Sint Marteen

Dutch Caribbean

 

NN

Newhaven

England

 

NO

Noirmoutier

France

 

NO

Novi Vinodolski

Croatia

 

NOR

Norddeich

Germany

 

NS

Nessebar

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script and will display on the boat as, approximately HC. The nearest latin script equivalent is NS

NS

New Ross

Ireland

 

NS

Saba

Dutch Caribbean

 

NS

Seydisfjordur

Iceland

 

NT

Ninh Thuan

Province

Vietnam

 

NT

Nord-Trondelag

Norway

 

NTO

Nieuwe Tonge

Netherlands

 

NV

Nieuw Vossemeer

Netherlands

 

NV

Novalja

Croatia

 

NW

Noordwijk

Netherlands

 

NZ

Nazare

Portugal

 

NZ

Terneuzen

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

O

Odense

Denmark

 

O

Olhao

Portugal

 

O

Oslo

Norway

 

O

Ostende

Belgium

 

Ø

Ostfold

Norway

 

OB

Oban

Scotland

Important ferry terminal for the Scottish Islands. Used by a number of fishing boats, but not a major fishing harbour - most of the boats use the remote port of Mallaig  (June 2014)

OB

Brake

Germany

 

OD

Ouddrop

Netherlands

 

OD

Oost Duinkerke

Belgium

 

OBD

Oudenbosch

Netherlands

 

OBL

Obluze

Poland

 

OE

Elsfleth

Germany

 

OF

Olafsfuordu

Iceland

 

OH

Oosthuizen

Netherlands

 

OHR

Ohrfeldhaf

Germany

OK

Ouwerkerk

Netherlands

 

OK

Ornskoldsvik

Sweden

 

OKS

Oksywie

Poland

 

OL

Olbia

Sardinia  Italy

 

OL

Olhao

Portugal

 

OL

Oostdongeradel

Netherlands

 

OLA

Hallig

Germany

 

OLD

Oldersum

Germany

 

OLP

Olpenitz

Germany

OM

Omisalj

Croatia

 

ON

Oskarshamn

Sweden

 

ON

Nordenham

Germany

 

OO

Oosterland

Netherlands

 

OO

Oldenburg

Germany

 

OP

Opatija

Croatia

 

OR

Oran

Algeria

 

OR

Orebic

Croatia

 

OR

Ortona

Italy

 

OR

Wilhelmshaven

Germany

 

ORD

Ording

Germany

 

ORL

Orlowo

Poland

 

ORT

Orth

Germany

OS

Omis

Croatia

 

OS

Oristano

Sardinia  Italy

 

OS

Ossenisse

Netherlands

 

OTT

Otterndorf

Germany

 

OV

Oud Vossemeer

Netherlands

 

OV

Varel

Germany

 

OW

Wangeroog

Germany

 

OWS

O & W Souburg

Netherlands

 

OX

Bexen

Germany

 

OZ

Oostzaan

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

P

Paimpol

France

 

P

La Panne

Belgium

 

P

Portsmouth

England

 

PA

Palermo

Sicily  Italy

 

PA

Pitea

Sweden

 

PAF

Pahang State

Malaysia

PAF  = Commercial fishing boat

PAS = Sampan fishing boat

PAP

Papenburg

Germany

 

PAS

Pahang State

Malaysia

PAF = Commercial fishing boat

PAS = Sampan fishing boat

PAS

Nowa Pasleka

Poland

 

PC

Cranz an der Elbe

Germany

 

PC

Pescara

Italy

 

PD

Peterhead

Scotland

Biggest and most important fish landing port in Scotland. Large numbers of fishing boats both based here and visiting to land catches. Lots of good photo opportunities.  ( July 2016 )

PD

Ponta Delgada

Sao Miguel, Azores  Portugal

 

PE

Peniche

Portugal

 

PE

Poole

England

Small but busy fishing harbour.  There is a good general view of the boats, but photography is a little difficult as boats are moored at marina type floating walkways, and access is through a locked security gate (June 2003)

PE

Porto Empedocle

Sicily  Italy

 

PEA

Port Elizabeth

South Africa

 

PEH

Perth

Scotland

Historically, Perth aspired to be a port city, but it is so far upriver that it was never economic to base fishing boats here. (2017)

PEL

Pellworm

Germany

 

PET

Petkum

Germany

 

PF

Portoferraio

Italy

 

PG

Geestemunde

Germany

 

PG

Pag

Croatia

 

PGW

Port Glasgow

Scotland

See comments about Greenock. These two towns have merged as they expanded. Like Greenock, there is no longer any fishing fleet here

PH

Plymouth

England

 

PI

Philippine

Netherlands

 

PI

Piran

Slovenia

 

PIA

Piaski

Poland

 

PKF

PKS

Perak State

Malaysia

PKF  = Commerical fishing boat

PKS = Sampan fishing boat

PL

Paimpol

France

 

PL

Peel

Isle of Man

 

PL

Ploce

Croatia

 

PM

Mallorca

Spain

 

PM

Π M

Pomorie

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script.  PM is the nearest Latin script equivalent to the Cyrillic Π M

PM

Portimao

Portugal

 

PM

Purmerend

Netherlands

 

PN

Pointe Noir

Congo

PN

Preston

England

 

PN

Punat

Croatia

 

PO

Pavisosta

Latvia

 

PO

Porec

Croatia

 

PO

Portland

England

 

PO

Pozzallo

Sicily  Italy

 

POG

Pogum

Germany

 

PP

Pointe a Pitre

Guadeloupe

French overseas region  -  Caribbean

PPF

Pulau Pinang

State

Malaysia

PPF = Commercial fishing boat

PPS = Sampan fishing boat

PPS

Pulau Pinang

State

Malaysia

PPF = Commercial fishing boat

PPS = Sampan fishing boat

PQ

Berg River

South Africa

 

PR

Pernis

Netherlands

 

PR

Preko

Croatia

 

PR

ПР

Primorsko

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script.  PR is the nearest Latin script equivalent to the Cyrillic letters П Р

PRZ

Przytor

Poland

 

PS

Pesaro

Italy

 

PS

Porto Santo

Portugal

 

PS

Primosten

Croatia

 

PS

Sint Philipsind

Netherlands

 

PSF

Perlis State

Malaysia

PSF = Commercial fishing boat

PSS = Sampan fishing boat

PSS

Perlis State

Malaysia

PSF = Commercial fishing boat

PSS = Sampan fishing boat

PT

Douro

Portugal

 

PT

Port Talbot

Wales

 

PT

Porto Torres

Sardinia  Italy

 

PU

Pula

Croatia

 

PU

Putten

Netherlands

 

PUC

Puck

Poland

 

PV

Poortvliet

Netherlands

 

PV

Port Vendres

France

 

PV

Povoa de Varzim

Portugal

 

PV

Privlaka

Croatia

 

PW

Padstow

England

 

PY

Phu Yen

Province

Vietnam

 

PZ

Penzance

England

 

 

 

 

 

Q

Quarteira

Portugal

QB

Quang Binh

Province

Vietnam

 

QN

Quang Ninh

Province

Vietnam

 

QNa

Quang Nam

Province

Vietnam

 

QNg

Quang Ngai

Province

Vietnam

 

QT

Quang Tri

Province

Vietnam

 

QT

Quarteira

Portugal

 

 

 

 

 

R

Ramsgate

England

 

R

Ribe

Denmark

 

R

Rogaland

Norway

 

R

Rostock

Germany

 

R

Rouen

France

 

RA

Rangarvalla

Iceland

 

RA

Ravenna

Italy

 

RA

Roja

Latvia

 

RAD

Radeland

Germany

RAN

Rantum - Sylt

Germany

 

RB

Rab

Croatia

 

RC

Rabac

Croatia

 

RC

Reggio Calabria

Italy

 

RD

Ransdorp

Netherlands

 

RE

Region Ecuatorial

Spain

Historic marks that relate to the period of Spanish colonial rule. Political and territorial changes mean they are no longer valid.

RE

Regua

Portugal

 

RE

Reykjavik

Iceland

 

REW

Rewa

Poland

 

RG

Ribeira Grande

Portugal

 

RG

Riga

Latvia

Also appears to use LVR

RG

Rogoznica

Croatia

 

RI

Ringkobing

Denmark

RK

Rijeka

Croatia

 

RL

Rilland

Netherlands

 

RM

Rimini

Italy

 

RN

Runcorn

England

 

RO

Rogac

Croatia

 

RO

Rome

Italy

 

RO

Ronne

Denmark

 

RO

Rotterdam

Netherlands

 

RO

Rothesay

Scotland

 

ROD

Rodenkirchen

Germany

 

ROS

Rostock

Germany

 

ROW

Rowy

Poland

 

RP

de Rijp

Netherlands

 

RR

Rochester

England

 

RS

Rasa

Croatia

 

RU

La Reunion

La Reunion

French overseas region  - Indian Ocean

RU

Rudkjobing

Denmark

 

RUG

Rugennealder Munde

Germany

 

RV

Rovinj

Croatia

 

RWL

Rewal

Poland

 

RX

Rye

England

 

RY

Ramsey

Isle of Man

 

RY

Rannsby

Sweden

 

RYS

Rysum

Germany

 

 

 

 

 

S

Skagen

Denmark

 

S

Skibbereen

Ireland

 

SA

Amrum

Germany

 

SA

Sagres

Portugal

 

SA

Salerno

Italy

 

SA

Sali

Croatia

 

SA

Sandfor Sando-Syssel

Iceland

 

SA

Santo Antao

Cape Verde Islands

 

SA

Skelleftea

Sweden

 

SA

Swansea

Wales

 

SAL

Sint Annaland

Netherlands

 

SAS

Sassnitz

Germany

 

SB

Burgstaaken

Germany

 

SB

San Benedetto del Tronto

Italy

SB

Sesimbra

Portugal

 

SB

Sibenik

Croatia

 

SB

Sodertelje

Sweden

 

SB

St. Brieuc

France

 

SB

Svaneke

Denmark

 

SBH

Saldanha Bay

South Africa

 

SC

Busum

Germany

 

SC

Scilly Islands

England

 

SC

Sucuraj

Croatia

 

SCH

Scheveningen

Netherlands

 

SCHL

Schlutersiel

Germany

 

SCHLE

Schleswig

Germany

SCHLU

Schlutup

Germany

SCHÖN

Schonberger Strand

Germany

SD

Altona

Germany

 

SD

Friedrichskoog

Germany

 

SD

Starigrad Paklenica

Croatia

 

SD

Stromstad

Sweden

 

SD

Sunderland

England

 

SDM

Schiedam

Netherlands

 

SE

Elmshorn Seester

Germany

 

SE

Salcombe

England

SE

Senj

Croatia

 

SE

Setubal

Portugal

 

SE

Sevilla

Spain

 

SE

Skulte

Latvia

 

SE

Sodertetje

Sweden

 

SE

Svaneke

Denmark

 

SEE

Seestermuhe

Germany

 

SF

Santa Cruz

Flores, Azores Portugal

 

SF

Sarawak State

Malaysia

The format as displayed on commercial fishing boats seems to be

SF1-nnn

SF2-nnn

SF3-nnn  where nnn is the individual boat number

 

Sampans appear to use the format

SFS2 – nnn    SFS3-nnn    etc

SF

Sfax

Tunisia

 

SF

Skaptafells

Iceland

 

SF

Sogn og Fjordane

Norway

 

 

SF

 

 

Singapore

 

 

Singapore

SF – Non mechanically propelled or outboard engine    only

SMF – Inboard engine

SMFC – licensed for carriage only of fish

SMFT – licensed only for towing of nibong poles

SG

Salacgriva

Latvia

 

SG

Santa Cruz

Graciosa, Azores Portugal

 

SG

Gluckstad

Germany

 

SG

Solveborg

Sweden

 

SG

Starigrad

Croatia

 

SG

Svendborg

Denmark

 

SH

Husum Heiligenhaven

Germany

 

SH

Scarborough

England

Good sized fishing harbour with a variety of fishing boat types. It is also a holiday resort, and in summer the harbour area has congested access and full car parks. Nearby Bridlington is similar  (September 2016)

SH

Olafsvik Grundarfjordur Stykkisholmur

Iceland

 

SH

Schellinkhout

Netherlands

 

SH

St. Helena Bay

South Africa

 

SHB

Shabla

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script.  SHB is the nearest Latin script equivalent

SI

Sidi Ifni

Spanish Morocco

Historic marks that relate to the period of Spanish colonial rule. Political and territorial changes mean they are no longer valid.

SI

Scherpenisse

Netherlands

 

SI

Siglufjordur

Iceland

 

SIE

Sierksdorf

Germany

SJ

Sveti Juraj

Croatia

 

SJN

Sabah State

Malaysia

The letting,  as applied to the boat,  appears to be in the format

SJN nnn F  where nnn is the individual boat number and the final F = commercial fishing boat

It also appears common for the letter S not to be displayed so the lettering appears as

JN nnn F

SK

Keitum Kiel

Germany

 

SK

Skagefjord

Iceland

 

SK

ك س

Skikda

Algeria

 may appear on boat as Latin script SK or as Arabic script ك س

SL

Sal

Cape Verde Islands

 

SL

Silba

Croatia

 

SL

Stellendam

Netherlands

 

SL

Sulina

Romania

 

SL

Sundsvall

Sweden

 

SL

Travemunde

Germany

 

SLF

Selangor State

Malaysia

SLF = Commercial fishing boat

SLS = Sampan fishing boat

SLO

Sloten Friesland

Netherlands

 

SLS

Selangor State

Malaysia

SLF = Commercial fishing boat

SLS = Sampan fishing boat

SM

Muhlenberg Maasholm

Germany

 

SM

Sao Martinho do Porto

Portugal

 

SM

Shoreham

England

 

SM

St. Malo

France

 

SM

Stockholm

Sweden

 

SM

Sumartin

Croatia

 

SMA

Smallingerland

Netherlands

 

SMD

St. Maartensdijk

Netherlands

 

SMH

St. Margarets Hope

Orkney Islands Scotland

Small village, and only a few small boats. Most boats on Orkney use the K for Kirkwall registration (1998)

SMI

Smilde

Netherlands

 

SN

North Shields

England

 

SN

Sao Nicolau

Cape Verde Islands

 

SN

St. Nazare

France

 

SN

Schleswig Neustadt

Germany

SN

Sines

Portugal

 

SN

Soderhamn

Sweden

SN

Ston

Croatia

 

SNE

Sneek

Netherlands

 

SO

Sonderborg

Denmark

SO

Schleswig Niendorf

Germany

SO

Slano

Croatia

 

SO

Sligo

Ireland

 

SO

Sousse

Tunisia

 

SOP

Sopot

Poland

 

SP

La Spezia

Italy

 

SP

Pellworm

Germany

 

SP

Spaarndam

Netherlands

 

SPI

Spieka

Germany

 

SR

Kirkeby auf Rom Eckernforde

Germany

 

SR

Sao Roque

Pico, Azores Portugal

 

SR

Siracusa

Sicily  Italy

 

SR

Sobra

Croatia

 

SR

Stranraer

Scotland

 

SRN

Schermernorn

Netherlands

 

SS

St. Ives

England

 

SS

San Sebastian

Spain

 

SS

Susak

Croatia

 

SS

Wedel-Schulau

Germany

 

SSS

South Shields

England

 

ST

Stranda Syssel

Iceland

 

ST

Santander

Spain

 

ST

Santiago

Cape Verde Islands

 

ST

Schleswig Tonning

Germany

 

ST

Sete

France

 

ST

Soc Tran

Province

Vietnam

 

ST

Sor-Trondelag

Norway

 

ST

Split

Croatia

 

ST

Stavoren

Netherlands

 

ST

Stockton

England

 

STA

Stade

Germany

 

STE

Stegna

Poland

 

STEI

Stein

Steinberghaff

Germany

STL

Schoterland

Netherlands

 

STL

Stolczyn

Poland

 

STO

Stolpemunde

Germany

 

STO

Stoppeldijk

Netherlands

 

STP

Stepnica

Poland

 

STRA

Strande

Germany

STRU

Strukkamp

Germany

St.B

St. Brieue

France

St.VC

St. Valery en Caux

France

 

St.VSS

St Valery sur Somme

France

 

SU

Schleswig Husum

Germany

 

SU

Southampton

England

 

SU

Sudurmula

Iceland

 

SU

Supetar

Croatia

 

SUC

Suchacz

Poland

 

SV

Sao Vicente

Cape Verde Islands

 

SV

Savona

Italy

 

SV

Schleswig Hornum

Germany

 

SV

Stavenisse

Netherlands

 

SVG

Sas van Gent

Netherlands

 

SW

Wyk auf Fohr

Germany

 

SWA

Swarzewo

Poland

 

SWB

Swibno

Poland

 

SWI

Swinoujscie

Poland

SY

Stornoway

Western Islands Scotland

The main harbour and fishing fleet is in Stornoway. It is not an ideal vantage point for photographs as the layout of the harbour allows only limited photo opportunities.  Outside of Stornoway, there is, despite the length of the coastline, only a limited number of fishing boats to be seen.  The best ports to see boats are Tarbert,  Scalpay, and Leverburgh.  A car is essential to get round the islands and explore the harbours.  Many of the minor roads are single track with passing places, and travel can be slow  (June 2015)

SY

Teufelsbruk

Germany

 

SX

Schleswig Helgoland

Germany

 

SZ

Sozopol

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script.  SZ is the nearest Latin script equivalent. The port letters on the boat will look like C3 in cyrillic

SZN

Szczecin

Poland

SZT

Sztutowo

Poland

 

 

 

 

 

T

Tavira

Portugal

 

T

Thistead

Denmark

 

T

Tralee

Ireland

 

T

Troms

Norway

 

TA

Tabarka

Tunisia

 

TA

Taranto

Italy

 

TA

Tarragona

Spain

 

TB

Ten Boer

Netherlands

 

TD

Tietjerksteradeel

Netherlands

 

TE

Tenerife

Spain

Lots of small boats in out of the way harbours and on beaches. Best to hire a car to get round the island to see them all. Some boats use the letters TF. It is not known if this is officially sanctioned or simply local practice. (1986)

TER

Terborg

Germany

 

TG

Tien Giang

Province

Vietnam

 

TG

Torre Del Greco

Italy

 

TG

Trangisvaag

Faero Islands

 

TG

Trelleborg

Sweden

 

TG

Trogir

Croatia

 

TH

Teignmouth

England

TH

Thanh Hoa

Province

Vietnam

 

TH

Thingo Syssel

Iceland

TH

Tholen

Netherlands

TI

Tisno

Croatia

 

TIM

Timmerdorfer Strand

Germany

TK

Telemark

Norway

TL

Toulon

France

TL

Tulcea

Romania

 

TM

Termoli

Italy

 

TM

Termunten

Netherlands

TN

Thorshavn

Faeroe Islands

TN

Torshavn

Denmark

TN

Troon

Scotland

This is the main harbour and fish market for boats in the Firth of Clyde

TO

Tomis

Romania

 

TO

Truro

England

 

TOL

Tolkmicko

Poland

TÖN

Tonning

Germany

 

TP

Trapani

Sicily  Italy

 

TP

Trpanj

Croatia

 

TP

 

South Africa

Some South African fishing boats have the letters TP followed by a number painted on the hull.  This relates to a “Tuna Pole” licence and are not Port Registration Letters

TR

Terschelling

Netherlands

 

TR

Tonder

Denmark

 

TR

Trafaria

Portugal

 

TR

Trouville

France

 

TRA

Travemunde

Germany

TRB

Trzebiez

Poland

 

TRF

Terengganu

State

Malaysia

TRF = Commercial fishing boat

TRS = Sampan fishing boat

TRS

Terengganu

State

Malaysia

TRF = Commercial fishing boat

TRS = Sampan fishing boat

TS

Trieste

Italy

 

TSR

Tzarevo

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script.  TSR is the nearest Latin script equivalent to the Cyrillic Ц р

TT

Tarbert

Scotland

 

TT

Trstenik

Croatia

 

TTH

Thua Thien-Hue

Province

Vietnam

 

TV

Tavira

Portugal

 

TV

Tra Vinh

Province

Vietnam

 

TX

Texel

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

U

Umea

Sweden

UA

Uddevalla

Sweden

 

UB

Ubli

Croatia

 

UBT

Uetersen

Germany

UD

Utingeradeel

Netherlands

 

UEK

Uekermunde

Germany

 

UK

Urk

Netherlands

 

UL

Ullapool

Scotland

The home of a small fishing fleet and the ferry terminal for the Western Islands, surrounded by spectacular scenery. Photography can be a little difficult as most views of the boats are looking into the sun. It is worth going further north to see the modern harbours at Lochinver and Kinlochbervie. (July 2015)

UM

Umag

Croatia

 

UM

Umea

Sweden

 

UNI

Uniesty

Poland

 

UPA

Upsala

Sweden

 

USM

Ustronie Morskie

Poland

 

UST

Ustka

Poland

UQ

Usquert

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

V

Varde

Denmark

 

V

Veen

Netherlands

 

V

Vestfold

Norway

 

VA

Sandevaag

Faeroe Islands

 

VA

Valencia

Spain

 

VA

Vannes

France

 

VA

Vest - Agder

Norway

 

VAR

Varel

Germany

 

VC

Sahara Espanol

Spain

Historic marks that relate to the period of Spanish colonial rule. Political and territorial changes mean they are no longer valid.

VC

Vila do Conde

Portugal

 

VD

Vodice

Croatia

 

VD

Volendam

Netherlands

 

VE

Vejle

Denmark

VE

Veere

Netherlands

 

VE

Velas

Sao Jorge, Azores Portugal

 

VE

Venice

Italy

 

VE

Vestmannaeyjar

Iceland

 

VF

Vila Franca do Campo

Portugal

 

VG

`Viareggio

Italy

 

VH

Venhuizen

Netherlands

 

VI

Viana do Castelo

Portugal

 

VI

Vigo

Spain

 

VILL

Villagarcia

Spain

 

VK

Vostervik

Sweden

 

VL

Vela Luka

Croatia

 

VL

Vlaardingen

Netherlands

 

VLI

Vlissingen

Netherlands

 

VM

Vibo Valentia

Italy

 

VN

Varna

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script.  VN is the nearest Latin script equivalent to the Cyrillic BH

VN

Vestmanhaven

Faeroe Islands

 

VN

Vollenhove

Netherlands

 

VP

Ventspils

Latvia

Also seems to use LVV

VP

Vila do Porto

Santa Maria, Azores Portugal

 

VR

Villa Real de Santo Antonio 

 Portugal

 

VS

Vis

Croatia

 

VS

Visby

Sweden

 

VV

Vila Praia da Vitoria

Portugal

 

VX

Vila Franca de Xira

Portugal

 

 

 

 

 

W

Waterford

Ireland

 

WA

Whitehaven

England

 

WACK

Wackerballigau

Germany

 

WAN

Wanneperveen

Netherlands

 

WAR

Nowe Warpno

Poland

 

WAR

Warder

Netherlands

 

WAR

Warnemunde

Germany

 

WB

Wijmbritseradeel

Netherlands

 

WD

Wexford

Ireland

 

WDN

Wijdenes

Netherlands

 

WES

Westeraccumersiel

Germany

 

WF

Werveshoof

Netherlands

 

WFD

Wolfartskijk

Netherlands

 

WG

Warberg

Sweden

 

WH

Weymouth

England

 

WI

Wisbech

England

 

WIL

Wilhelmshaven

Germany

 

WIN

Winkel

Netherlands

 

WIS

Wischhaven Wismar

Germany

 

WK

Wick

Scotland

Large harbour, but only a small number of boats based here.

 

To see more fishing boats go about 50Km north to Scrabster (Thurso) - this is the ferry terminal for Orkney and a busy fishing port. (July 2015)

WK

Workum

Netherlands

 

WL

Westdongeradeel

Netherlands

 

WLA

Wladyslowowo

Poland

WM

Willemstad

Netherlands

 

WMD

Wemeldinge

Netherlands

 

WMH

Warmenhuizen

Netherlands

 

WN

Wigtown

Scotland

 

WO

Workington

England

 

WOE

Woensdrecht

Netherlands

 

WOL

Wolin

Poland

 

WON

Wonseradeel

Netherlands

 

WR

Wieringen

Netherlands

 

WRE

Wremen

Germany

 

WRW

Wieringerwaard

Netherlands

 

WS

Wells

England

 

WSG

Gorki Wschodnie

Poland

 

WSW

Westerschouwen

Netherlands

 

WT

Westport

Ireland

 

WU

Wilsum

Netherlands

 

WULF

Wulfen

Germany

WV

Wildervank

Netherlands

 

WW

Weststellingwerf

Netherlands

 

WY

Whitby

England

Important fishing harbour with varied types of boats. Also a holiday resort - like its neighbour Scarborough, the town centre and harbour area can be congested in the summer ( September 2016 )

WYK

Wyk auf Fohr

Germany

 

 

 

 

 

Y

Youghal

Ireland

 

YD

Ystad

Sweden

 

YE

Yerseke

Netherlands

 

YE

Isle D'Yeu

France

 

YH

Yaremouth

England

 

YT

Yist

Netherlands

 

YM

Ymuiden

Netherlands

 

Цр

 Tzarevo

 Bulgaria

 Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script.  TSR is the nearest Latin script equivalent to the Cyrillic Ц р

Z

Zeebrugge

Belgium

 

ZA

Zaabdam

Netherlands

 

ZAG

Gorki Zachodnie

Poland

 

ZD

Zadar

Croatia

 

ZD

Zuidwolde

Netherlands

 

ZE

Zwolle

Netherlands

 

ZIJ

Zijpe

Netherlands

 

ZK

Zoutkamp

Netherlands

 

ZL

Zwaluwe

Netherlands

 

ZO

Zoutelande

Netherlands

 

ZR

 

South Africa

Some South African fishing boats have the letters ZR followed by a number painted in large letters on the hull. This is a radio call sign, not Port Registration Letters

ZS

Zwartsluis

Netherlands

 

ZU

Zuid Scharwoude

Netherlands

 

ZV

Zandvoort

Netherlands

 

ZVC

Zalk en Veecaten

Netherlands

 

ZW

Zwartewaal

Netherlands

 

ZZ

Zierikzee

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

Number Codes :

Some countries do not issue Port Registration Letters but simply issue a number to each fishing boat.  The information in the following list is provisional, and will be updated as further information becomes available

 

Format

Port

Country

Notes

None

 

or

 

Numerical

 

or

 

Letters and numbers  for some small boats

 

or

 

Letters and numbers for some large boats

 

 

 

America

(U.S.A.)

In short  - confusing

 

Registration is complicated and split between the U.S. Coastguard and the individual States

 

Vessels of five net tons or more used in fishing activities on navigable waters of the US or in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), must be documented by the U.S. Coastguard and are assigned an official number that remains with the vessel for life

 

Documented vessels do not display their official numbers on the outside of the hull, but are identified by their name and port. (In practice some fishing boats do display the official number on the outside of the hull, but this is not compulsory)

 

Fishing vessels of less than five net tons are registered in their own State,  and every State has different regulations, although most require some combination of letters and numbers to be displayed on the outside of the hull

 

BUT -  Some, but not all, individual States, require that even where vessels are documented by the U.S. Coastguard, if the vessel is based in that State, it must also carry the letters and number codes assigned by the State, and these are fixed to the outside of the hull as specified by State regulations

 

Confused ?

numerical

 

Canada

There are no Port Registration Letters.  Port Codes, are structured on a geographic basis, but are not related to the vessels registered in the ports.

Canadian vessels on the Atlantic coast have a 6 digit Canadian Fishing Vessel (CFV) code beginning with 000018 to a high of at least 176000. (may be higher since this information was obtained some years ago)

Canadian vessels on the Pacific coast have 5 digit numbers in the range 20000 to 99999

The registered number appears to be lettering of any contrasting colour,  applied to either the bow, midships hull, or the cabin

numerical

 

Gaza

The registered number appears to be black lettering on a yellow plate on each side of the bow

numerical

 

Israel

The registered number appears to be lettering of any contrasting colour applied on each side of the bow

1 - nnn

Nador

Morocco

 

 Replace  “nnn” with appropriate boat number

 

 

 

 

 

 

(*)  Ports for fishing boats using this number format are not confirmed,  but appear to be in the disputed territory of Western Sahara

2 - nnn

Al Hoceima

Morocco

3 - nnn

Tangier

Morocco

4 - nnn

Larache

Morroco

5 - nnn

Rabat

Morocco

6 - nnn

Casablanca

Morocco

7 - nnn

Essaouira

Morocco

8 - nnn

Agadir

Morocco

10-nnn

Tarfaya

Morocco

11-nnn

Unknown (*)

Morocco (*)

12-nnn

Unknown (*)

Morocco (*)

numerical

 

New Zealand

NZ fishing boats display an NZ registration number which is the vessels unique identifier.  There are no Port Registration Letters. The identifying number appears to be lettering of any contrasting colour applied on each side of the bow

numerical

 

St. Helena

St. Helena is a remote island in the South Atlantic and uses a number applied to each side of the bow for the small number of fishing boats based in the island.

 

 

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