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Fishing boat Port Letter and number - Stornoway

Fishing boat Port Letter and number - Blyth England

Fishing boat port letter and number - Castlebay Scotland

Fishing boat port letter and number - Banff Scotland

fishing boat port letter and number - Brake Germany

fishing boat port letter and number - Kirkcaldy Scotland

fishing boat port letter and number - Greetsiel Germany

Stornoway

Blyth

Castlebay

Banff

Brake

Kirkcaldy

Greetsiel

fishing boat port letter and number - Fuglefjord Faeroe Islands

fishing boat port letter and number - Nazare Portugal

fishing boat port letter and number - Palma Mallorca Spain

fishing boat port letter and number - Sagres Portugal

fishing boat port letter and number - Sogn Og Fjordane Norway

    Fuglefjord

Nazare

Palma Mallorca

Sagres

Sogn og Fjordane

fishing boat port letter and number - Camaret France

Camaret

Perak State

Kien Gang Province

 

Commercial fishing boats are regulated by Government agencies. To ensure clear identification and assist in enforcement of fishery laws each boat must display Port Registration Letters and Numbers. The style varies depending on the country that issues them, but they usually take the form of a letter code that identifies the port 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.

·         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 used mostly by pleasure craft and 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

·         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

·         Some countries have poor administrative controls, do not maintain a register of boats, and commercial fishing is unregulated.  Fishing boats from these countries may over fish, leading to the collapse of what should be a sustainable resource, and incur naval and diplomatic disputes with adjacent regulated fisheries

 

European Community

Within the European Community there is a common standard for the size and style of Port Letters and Numbers displayed on fishing boats registered in member states.

·         Lettering on boats between 10 and 17 metres length is to be 250mm in height

·         Lettering on boats over 17 meters length is to be 450mm in height

·         Lettering must be either white text on a black background or black text on a white background. 

(in practice, this standard does not seem to be rigorously enforced.  As can be seen from the illustrations above there is a wide variety of signwriting styles, although all boats do show clearly readable markings)

 

Japan

Port Letters for Japan consist of a two letter code (in English) that identifies the Prefecture, followed by a single

Digit that identifies the class of boat, followed by a hyphen and then the boat number.  To avoid repeating the

boat class codes in each of 47 Prefectures in the list below I have given them here

1 – powered fishing boats greater than 100 tons

2 – powered fishing boats 5 – 100 tons

3 – powered fishing boats under 5 tons

4 – non powered boats over 5 tons

5 – non powered boats under 5 tons

6 – powered freshwater fishing boats

7 – unpowered freshwater fishing boats

 

An example is  FS1-710  -  Hokusho Maru a seine net boat of 300 gross tons, registered in Fukushima Prefecture

 

 

Radio call signs

 

Norwegian trawler AA-91-A Kjelsvik at Peterhead ScotlandSome large fishing boats, especially those working in international waters, or under licence from another country have the ship radio call sign displayed in large letters.  These radio call signs should not be confused with Port Letters and Numbers.  Full information on radio calls signs can be found by a search on the internet. 

 

This photograph shows the radio call sign JXPS painted on the Norwegian trawler Kjelsvik,  Port letters AA-91-A

 

 

List of Fishing Ports and their Registration Letters :     Last updated on 20 April 2018

The list below 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.

The date at the end of each Note is the last visit or the last report I have, some from personal observation and others from information on the internet – obviously the older the date, the less reliable the comments !

 

 

Format of the list :  

This list is in alphabetical order of the Port Letter. The intention is that given a photograph of a fishing boat you

will be able to identify the country and registered port from the displayed Port Letters,  Some countries do not use the

Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Cyrillic, Greek ) and it is not practicable to list these symbols alphabetically in the main section

of the list. Where the Port Letters appear on the boat in these alphabets I have listed them In a separate section at the end,

but I have included a cross-reference within the main list using the nearest Latin alphabet equivalent.

 

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 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 – nnn – A       Aker

A – nnn – AA     As

A – nnn – AS     Asker

A – nnn – B       Berum

A – nnn – D       Drobak

A – nnn – F       Frogn

A – nnn – N       Nesodden

A – nnn – O       Oppegard

A – nnn – S       Son

A – nnn – V       Vestby

A

Aalborg

Denmark

 

A

Antwerp

Belgium

 

A

Aruba

Dutch Caribbean

Sometimes uses the format NA – presumably for Netherlands Aruba

A

Auchendown

Jamaica

 

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  - nnn – A       Arendal

AA – nnn -  E       Eide

AA – nnn -  FJ      Fjere

AA – nnn -  FL      Flosta

AA  - nnn – G      Grimstad

AA – nnn -  H       Hovag  (historic)

AA – nnn -  HS     Hisoy            

AA – nnn -  L        Lillesand

AA – nnn -  LV     Landvik

AA – nnn – R        Risor

AA – nnn -  S       Sondeled

AA – nnn -  SN     Stokken

AA – nnn – T        Tvedestrand

AA – nnn -  TO      Tromoy

AA – nnn – VM      Vestre

AA – nnn – Ψ        Oyestad

AA – nnn -  ΨM     Ostre Moland

AA

Westeraccumersiel

Germany

 

AAL

Aland

Finland

Semi – autonomous region of Finland.  Does not use the same style of Port Letters as the rest of the country – see FIN for other Finnish Port Letters

AAR

Arusha

Tanzania

 

AB

Aberystwyth

Wales

 

AB

Annotto Bay

Jamaica

 

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 big trawlers now use the harbour, most of the boats to be seen here are the small crab & lobster  potters – the big boats are further north in Peterhead and Fraserburgh. The town is famous for producing smoked haddock (2017)

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

 

AHL

Ahlbeck

Germany

 

AI

Aichi Prefecture

Japan

 

AI

Akureyri

Iceland

 

AJ

Ajaccio

Corsica  France

 

AJ

Juist

Germany

 

AK

Akita Prefecture

Japan

 

AK

Andijk

Netherlands

 

AL

Albufeira

Portugal

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

 

AMD

Monduli

Tanzania

 

AN

Annaba

Algeria

 

AN

Ancona

Italy

 

AN

Ancora

Portugal

 

AN

Norderney

Germany

 

ANG

Ngorongoro

Tanzania

 

AO

Aomori Prefecture

Japan

 

AO

Oldersum

Germany

 

AP

Alligator Pond

Jamaica

 

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

 

ARKT

Karatu

Tanzania

 

ARM

Arnemuiden

Netherlands

 

ARN

Arnis

Germany

ARU

Arumeru

Tanzania

 

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

 

AWA

Altwarp

Germany

 

AX

Borkum

Germany

 

AY

Norddeich

Germany

 

AY

Auray

France

 

AZ

Neuharlingsersiel

Germany

 

 

 

 

 

B

Belfast

Northern Ireland

 

B         

Bergen

Norway

Historic port letters.  Current letter is H – nnn - B

B

Blankenburg

Belgium

 

B

Bonaire

Dutch Caribbean

Sometimes uses the format NB – presumably for Netherlands Bonaire

B

Braughton

Jamaica

 

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

 

BAA

Baabe

Germany

 

BAH

Bahrenfleth

Germany

 

BAN

Bansin

Germany

 

BAR

Barth

Germany

 

BB

Bremen

Germany

 

BB

Bull Bay

Jamaica

 

BBK

Bukoba

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Kagera Region

BC

Braco

Jamaica

 

BCB

Boscobel

Jamaica

 

BCH

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

Barnswell Dale

Jamaica

 

BD

Bideford

England

BD

Binh Dinh

Province

Vietnam

 

BD

Budva

Montenegro

 

BD

Buskerude

Norway

BD – nnn – D    Drammen

BD – nnn – H    Hurum

BD – nnn – R    Royken

BE

Barnstaple

England

 

BE

Beauchamp

Jamaica

 

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)

BF

Buff Bay

Jamaica

 

BG

Biograd Na Moru

Croatia

 

BG

Bougie

Algeria

Of historic interest only.  Port Letters relate to the period of French colonial rule. The town is now called Bejaia

BH

Blyth

England

 

BH

Brouwershaven

Netherlands

 

BHR

Biharamulo

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Kagera Region

BI

Bastia

Corsica  France

 

BI

Bilbao

Spain

 

BI

Billy’s Bay

Jamaica

 

BI

Bizerte

Tunisia

 

BIE

Bielenberg

Germany

 

BIN

Binz

Germany

 

BJ

Bejaia

Algeria

may appear as ج ب

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 )

BKE

Karagwe

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Kagera Region

BL

Bac Lieu

Province

Vietnam

 

BL

Barletta

Italy

 

BL

Belmont

Jamaica

 

BL

Boulogne

France

BL

Bristol

England

 

BL

Byala

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script and will appear on the boat as Бл or sometimes as БΛ.   BL is the nearest Latin script equivalent

BM

Bournmouth

Jamaica

 

BM

Brixham

England

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

BME

Muleba

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Kagera Region

BN

Bone

Algeria

Of historic interest only. These Port Letters relate to the period of French colonial rule.  The town is now called Annaba

BN

Boston

England

 

BNR

Ngara

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Kagera Region

BO

Boiensdorf

Germany

 

BO

Boiler Beach

Jamaica

 

BO

Bol

Croatia

 

BO

Borrowstoness

Scotland

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

BOCK

Bockhomwik

Germany

 

BOG

Borgerende

Germany

 

BOI

Boisendorf

Germany

 

BON

Bongsiel

Germany

 

BOR

Borkum

Germany

 

BOU

Bouchoute

Belgium

 

BR

Barreiro

Portugal

 

BR

Black River

Jamaica

 

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

Breege

Germany

 

BRO

Brokdorf

Germany

BROE

Broek

Germany

 

BRU

Brunsbuttelkoog

Germany

 

BRU

Bruinisse

Netherlands

 

BS

Baska

Croatia

 

BS

Beaumaris

Wales

 

BS

Beni Saf

Algeria

may appear on boat as   ص ب

BS

Boston

Jamaica

 

BS

Burgas

Bulgaria

Port letters on Bulgarian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script and will appear on the boat as Бс. BS is the nearest Latin script equivalent

BT

Ben Tre

Province

Vietnam

 

BTh

Binh Thuan

Province

Vietnam

 

BT

Bottom Beach

Jamaica

 

BU

Blue Hole

Jamaica

 

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

 

BY

Bloody Bay

Jamaica

 

BZ

Bergen op Zoom

Netherlands

 

BZ

Bozava

Croatia

 

BZJ

Bouzedjar

Algeria

may appear on boat as   ج‎  ذ‎  بـ

 

 

 

 

C

Caen

France

 

C

Cave

Jamaica

 

C

Cork

Ireland

 

C

Coxyde

Belgium

 

CA

Cadiz

Spain

 

CA

Calabash Bay

Jamaica

 

CA

Cagliari

Sardinia  Italy

 

CA

Cardigan

Wales

 

CAG

Mkuranga

Tanzania

 

CAN

Cancale

France

 

CB

Carlisle Bay

Jamaica

 

CBG

Bagamoyo

Tanzania

 

CC

Concarneau

France

 

CC

Corigliano Calabra

Italy

 

CC

Cousins Cove

Jamaica

 

CE

Chimbote

Peru

 

CE

Coleraine

Northern Ireland

 

CF

Cardiff

Wales

 

CG

Callantsoog

Netherlands

 

CH

Cherchell

Algeria

 may appear on boat in Arabic script  لش

CH

Cherbourg

France

 

CH

Chester

England

 

CH

Chiba Prefecture

Japan

 

CH

Cutlass Hole

Jamaica

 

CHA

Chalupy

Poland

 

CHL

Chlapwo

Poland

 

CHY

Chlopy

Poland

 

CI

Chioggia

Italy

 

CK

Colchester

England

 

CK

Crikvenica

Croatia

 

CKH

Kibaha

Tanzania

 

CKS

Kisarawe

Tanzania

 

CL

Calais

France

 

CL

Carlisle

England

 

CL

Carlton Beach

Jamaica

 

CL

Collo

Algeria

may display as  لق

CLN

Clinge

Netherlands

 

CM

Camaret

France

 

CM

Ca Mau

Province

Vietnam

 

CM

Caminha

Portugal

 

CMF

Mafia

Tanzania

 

CN – nnn – BMC - nnn

Bomi County

 

 

Liberia

 

Replace nnn with the number applied on the boat

Port codes and numbers are applied to artisanal (ie local community) fishing boats but enforcement of regulations seems mixed – many boats do not appear to display their identity markings    (April 2018)

 

CN – nnn – GBC - nnn

Grand Basa County

CN – nnn – GCC - nnn

Grand Cape Mount County

CN – nnn – GKC - nnn

Grand Kru County

CN – nnn – MGC - nnn

Margibi County

CN – nnn – MLC - nnn

Maryland County

CN – nnn – MNC - nnn

Montserrado County

CN – nnn – RCC - nnn

Rivercress County

CN – nnn - SNC - nnn

Sinoe County

CN

Campbeltown

Scotland

 

CN

Cimbrishamn

Sweden

 

CO

Caernarfon

Wales

 

CO

Callao

Peru

 

CO

Cooper’s

Jamaica

 

CO

Coruna

Spain

 

CO

Coursuelles

France

 

CP

Castellon

Spain

 

CP

Colijnsplaat

Netherlands

 

CR

Crotone

Italy

 

CRJ

Rufiji

Tanzania

 

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

 

CT3 - nnnn

CT4 - nnnn

CT5 - nnnn

CT6 - nnnn

CT7 - nnnn

CT8 - nnnn

 

 

Taiwan

(Republic of China)

Port letters are based on the 2018 fleet list from Fisheries Agency, Taiwan Council of Agriculture.

It is not known if Port Letters CT1, CT2 may have been used in the past

 

Replace nnnn with actual boat number

CU

Ceuta

Spanish North Africa

 

CV

Citavecchia

Italy

 

CUX

Cuxhaven

Germany

 

CW

Cow Bay

Jamaica

 

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

Darby

Jamaica

 

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

DAS

Dassow

Germany

 

DB

Discovery Bay

Jamaica

 

DB

Dubrovnik

Croatia

 

DBK

Dabki

Poland

 

DD

Dordrecht

Netherlands

 

DDF

Gans Bay

South Africa

 

DDM

Dodoma Urban

Tanzania

 

DDV

Dodoma Rural

Tanzania

 

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 (2018)

DEB

Debki

Poland

 

DED

Dedesdorf

Germany

 

DH

Dartmouth

England

 

DI

Dieppe

France

DI

Dzaoudzi

Petite Terre

Mayotte

French overseas region – Indian Ocean

DIE

Dierhagen

Germany

 

DIN

Dinant

France

DIT

Ditzum

Germany

 

DJ

Djibouti

Djibouti

 

DK

Dundalk

Ireland

 

DK

Dunkirk

France

 

DKD

Kondoa

Tanzania

 

DKO

Kongwa

Tanzania

 

DMP

Mpwapwa

Tanzania

 

DNa

Da Nang

Province

Vietnam

 

DNA

Durban

South Africa

 

DO

Douglas

Isle of Man

 

DO

Dover

Jamaica

 

DOR

Dorum

Germany

 

DP

Dieppe

France

 

DP

Drapers

Jamaica

 

DR

Dover

England

 

DR

Divers River

Jamaica

 

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) 

DU

Duhaney Pen

Jamaica

 

DV

Dalvey

Jamaica

 

DV

Deventer

Netherlands

 

DW

Doniawestal

Netherlands

 

DWI

Dzwirzyno

Poland

 

DZ

Delfzijl

Netherlands

 

DZ

Douarnenez

France

 

DZI

Dziwnow

Poland

 

 

 

 

 

E

Elgin Town

Jamaica

 

E

Ericeira

Portugal

 

E

Esbjerg

Denmark

 

E

Exeter

England

 

EA

Eysafjord

Iceland

 

EB

Elburg

Netherlands

 

EBZ

Mbozi

Tanzania

 

ECH

Chunya

Tanzania

 

ECKE

Eckernforde

Germany

 

EE

Eenrum

Netherlands

 

EE

Engure

Latvia

 

EG

Egmond aan Zee

Netherlands

 

EH

Ehime Prefecture

Japan

 

EH

Enkhuizen

Netherlands

 

EIJ

Ileje

Tanzania

 

EKY

Kyela

Tanzania

 

EL

Etel

France

 

ELA

East London

South Africa

 

ELM

Elmhorn

Germany

 

ELS

Elsfleth

Germany

 

EMB

Mbeye

Tanzania

 

EMD

Emden

Germany

 

EMI

Mbarali

Tanzania

 

ER

Ericeira

Portugal

 

ERG

Rungwe

Tanzania

 

ES

Esposende

Portugal

 

ET

El Kala

Algeria

may appear on boat as  طا

EUS

Usangu

Tanzania

 

EWD

Ellewoutsdijk

Netherlands

 

EZ

Ezinge

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

F

Fano

Denmark

 

F

Farquhar

Jamaica

 

F

Faversham

England

 

F

Fecamp

France

 

F

Finnmark

Norway

F – nnn – A      Alta

F – nnn – B      Berlevag

F – nnn – BD   Batsfjord

F – nnn – G     Gamvik

F – nnn – H     Hammerfest

F – nnn – HV   Hasvik

F – nnn -  K     Kjelvik

F – nnn – KD   Kvalsund

F – nnn -  KS   Kistrand

F – nnn – L      Loppa

F – nnn – LB    Lebesby

F – nnn – M     Masoy

F – nnn – N      Nesseby

F – nnn – NK    Nordkapp

F – nnn – NV    Nord Varanger

F – nnn – P      Porsanger

F  - nnn – S      Soroysund   (historic)       

F – nnn – SV    Sor Varanger

F – nnn -  T       Talvik  (historic)

F – nnn – TN    Tana

F – nnn – V      Vardo

F – nnn – VS    Vadso

FA

Falmouth

Jamaica

 

FAL

Falshoft

Germany

FB

Frenchman’s Bay

Jamaica

 

FC

Fort Charles

Jamaica

 

FD

Fleetwood

England

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

Fairy Hill

Jamaica

 

FH

Falmouth

England

 

FI

Fukui Prefecture

Japan

 

FIN –nn- K

Kymi

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

 

FO

Fukuoka Prefecture

Japan

 

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 )

FRE

Freest

Germany

 

FRI

Friedrichskoog

Germany

 

FRIE

Friedrichsort

Germany

 

FRO

Frombork

Poland

 

FS

Fukushima Prefecture

Japan

 

FY

Fowey

England

 

FZ

Fuzeta

Portugal

 

 

 

 

 

G

Galway

Ireland

 

G

Granville

France

 

GA

Gaasterland

Netherlands

 

GA

Gaeta

Italy

 

GAG

Gager

Germany

 

GB

Great Bay

Jamaica

 

GC

Gran Canaria

Spain

GD

s'-Gravendeel

Netherlands

 

GDA

Gdansk

Poland

GDY

Gdynia

Poland

GE

Gefle

Sweden

 

GE

Genoa

Italy

 

GE

Goole

England

 

GE

Grange Pen

Jamaica

 

GEV

Geversdorf

Germany

 

GF

Gifu Prefecture

Japan

 

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

 

GI

Green Island

Jamaica

 

GIL

Gilge

East Prussia

Germany

Of historic interest only for Port Letters prior to 1945. Gilgie is now part of the Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia

GK

Greenock

Scotland

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

GK

Grindavik

Iceland

 

GKL

Kilosa

Tanzania

 

GL

Gallipoli

Italy

 

GLO

Glowe

Germany

 

GLU

Gluckstadt

Gluecksburg (Ostsee)

Germany

 

GM

Genemuiden

Netherlands

 

GM

Gunma Prefecture

Japan

 

GMG

Morogoro

Tanzania

 

GMUE

Graal-Mueritz

Germany

 May also appear as GMU

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)

GN

Green Bay

Jamaica

 

GO

Goedereede

Netherlands

 

GOE

Goes

Netherlands

 

GOEH

Goehren

Germany

 

GOK

Kilombero

Tanzania

 

GOT

Gothmund

Germany

GP

Grants Pen

Jamaica

 

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

GR

Gutts River

Jamaica

 

GRA

Grauw

Netherlands

 

GRA

Gravelines

France

 

GRE

Greetsiel

Germany

 

GRI

Gristow

Germany

 

GRO

Grossenbrode

Germany

GRΦ

Gromitz

Germany

GRO

Groningen

Netherlands

 

GS

Gasselte

Netherlands

 

GT

Gioia Tauro

Italy

 

GT

Grafhorst

Netherlands

 

GT

Greenwich Town

Jamaica

 

GTR

Great River

Jamaica

 

GU

 

Guernsay

 

GU

Gunboat

Jamaica

 

GUL

Ulanga

Tanzania

 

GV

Guilvinee

France

 

GVR

Mvomero

Tanzania

 

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

Ghazaouet

Algeria

 may appear on boat as Latin script GZ or as Arabic script     ذ غ

GZI

Gross Zicker

Germany

 

 

 

 

 

H

Hellshire

Jamaica

 

H

Helsingor

Denmark

 

H

Heyst

Belgium

 

H

Hordaland

Norway

H – nnn -  A       Askoy

H – nnn -  AA    Asane

H – nnn -  AD    Alversund

H – nnn -  AM    Austrheim

H – nnn -  AV    Austevoll

H – nnn -  B       Bremnes (historic)

H – nnn -  B       Bomlo

H – nnn -  BN    Bergen

H – nnn -  BO    Bomlo  (historic)

H – nnn -  BV    Bruvik

H – nnn -  E       Etne

H – nnn -  EF     Eidefjord

H – nnn -  F       Fjell

H – nnn -  FA     Fana

H – nnn -  FB     Fjelberg

H – nnn -  FE     Fedje

H – nnn -  FJ     Fitjar

H – nnn -  FS     Fusa

H – nnn -  G      Granvin

H – nnn -  H       Herdla  (historic)

H – nnn -  HB    Hordabe

H – nnn -  HE    Hamre

H – nnn -  HJ     Hjelme

H – nnn -  HR    Hosanger

H – nnn -  HS    Haus

H – nnn -  J       Jondal

H – nnn -  K       Kvinnherad

H – nnn -  KK    Kinsaruik

H – nnn -  KM    Kvam

H – nnn -  L       Lindas

H – nnn -  LV     Laksevag

H – nnn -  M      Moster

H – nnn -  MD    Modalen

H – nnn -  MF    Masfjorden

H – nnn -  MG    Manger

H – nnn -  ML    Meland

H – nnn -  O      Os

H – nnn -  OA    Odda   

H – nnn -  OR    Osteroy 

H – nnn -  R       Raddy

H – nnn -  S       Sund

H – nnn -  SB    Strandebarm

H – nnn -  SD    Stord

H – nnn -  SK    Skanevik

H – nnn -  SO    Sveio

H – nnn -  SΨ    Sebo

H – nnn -  SR    Samnanger

H – nnn -  SV    Strandvik

H – nnn -  T       Tysnes

H – nnn -  U       Ullensvang

H – nnn -  UK    Ulvik

H – nnn -  V       Vaksdal

H – nnn -  VB    Vikebygd

H – nnn -  VΨ    Varaldsoy

H – nnn -  Ψ      Olen

H – nnn -  Ψ      Oygarden

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

 

HB

Hunts Bay

Jamaica

 

HBK

Hamburg - Kleinfahrzeuge

Germany

 

HC

Cuxhaven

Germany

 

HC

Haughton Court

Jamaica

 

HD

Den Helder

Netherlands

 

HD

Halmstad

Sweden

 

HD

Hudson Bay

Jamaica

 

HE

Hayle

England

 

HE

Hope Bay

Jamaica

 

HEI

Heikendorf

Germany

HEIL

Heiligenhaven

Germany

 

HEL

Helgoland

Germany

 

HEL

Hel

Poland

HEN

Hennstedt

Horst

Germany

HER

Heringsdorf

Germany

 

HET

Hetlingen

Germany

 

HRT

Hetlingen

Germany

 

HF

Hamburg - Finkenwerder

Germany

 

HG

Helsingborg

Sweden

 

HG

Hjoring

Denmark

 

HG

Hodges

Jamaica

 

HG

Hyogo Prefecture

Japan

 

HH

Hamburg

Germany

 

HH

Harbour Head

Jamaica

 

HH

Harwich

England

 

HI

Hindelopen

Netherlands

 

HK

Harderwijk

Netherlands

 

HK

Holbaek

Denmark

HK

Hokkaido Prefecture

Japan

 

HL

Hemellumer

Netherlands

 

HL

Hartlepool

England

 

HL

Hudiksvall

Sweden

 

HM

Hanstholm

Denmark

HN

Hoorn

Netherlands

 

HND

Harnosand

Sweden

 

HO

Holland Bay

Jamaica

 

HO

Honfleur

France

 

HO

Hoogeveen

Netherlands

 

HOE

Hoedekenskerke

Netherlands

 

HOER

Hornum Sylt

Germany

 

HOH

Hohwacht

Germany

HOK

Hoek

Netherlands

 

HON

Hontenisse

Netherlands

 

HOO

Hooge

Hooksiel

Hoopte

Germany

 

HOR

Horst

Pomerania Germany

Of historic interest only for photographs prior to 1919. Horst is now in Poland

HOR

Horumersiel

Germany

 

HΦR

Hornum

Germany

HP

Hoofdplaat

Netherlands

 

HP

Hopewell

Jamaica

 

HR

Harsova

Romania

 

HR

Hectors River

Jamaica

 

HR

Herkingen

Netherlands

 

HS

Haamstede

Netherlands

 

HS

Hiroshima Prefecture

Japan

 

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

Harvey’s

Jamaica

 

HV

Hellevoetsluis

Netherlands

 

HV

Hvar

Croatia

 

HVH

Hoek van Holland

Netherlands

 

HVL

Hoogvliet

Netherlands

 

HW

Hoogwoud

Netherlands

 

HW

Hope Wharf

Jamaica

 

HZ

Huizen

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

I

Ironshore

Jamaica

 

I

Isigny

France

 

IB

Ibaraki Prefecture

Japan

 

IB

Ibiza

Spain

IB

Innes Bay

Jamaica

 

IC

Industry Cove

Jamaica

 

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

Ilo

Peru

 

IO

Isle d'Oleron

France

 

IS

Isafjordur

Iceland

 

IS

Ishikawa Prefecture

Japan

 

IS

Ist

Croatia

 

ITZ

Itzehoe

Germany

 

IW

Iwatw Prefecture

Japan

 

IZ

 Izola

Slovenia

 

 

 

 

 

J

 

Jersey

 

JAN

Jantar

Poland

 

JAR

Jaroslawiec

Poland

 

JAS

Jastarnia

Poland

JB

Jablanac

Croatia

 

JB

Jackson Bay

Jamaica

 

JEL

Jelitkowo

Poland

 

JEM

Jemgum

Germany

 

JHF

Johor State

Malaysia

JHF = Commercial fishing boat

JHS = Sampan fishing boat

JHI

Hai

Tanzania

 

JHS

Johor State

Malaysia

JHF = Commercial fishing boat

JHS = Sampan fishing boat

JJ

 Jijel

 Algeria

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

JL

Jelsa

Croatia

 

JMH

Moshi rural

Tanzania

 

JMN

Mwanga

Tanzania

 

JN

Sabah State

Malaysia

See entry for SJN

JT

Johnson Town

Jamaica

 

JRB

Rombo

Tanzania

 

JSE

Same

Tanzania

 

 

 

 

 

K

Kaliningrad

Russia

 

K

Kieldrecht

Belgium

 

K

Kingston

Jamaica

 

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

Kamminke

Germany

 

KAM

Kamien Pomorski

Poland

 

KAP

Kappeln

Germany

 

KAR

Karlshagen

Germany

 

KAS

Kasenort

Germany

KAT

Katy Rybackie

Poland

 

KC

Kochi Prefecture

Japan

 

KB

Kalk Bay

South Africa

 

KB

Karlobag

Croatia

 

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

Kagawa Prefecture

Japan

 

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

 

KKB

Kibondo

Tanzania

 Lake Tanganyika – Kigoma Region

KKG

Kigoma rural

Tanzania

 Lake Tanganyika – Kigoma Region

KKM

Kigoma urban

Tanzania

 Lake Tanganyika – Kigoma Region

KKU

Kasulu

Tanzania

 Lake Tanganyika – Kigoma Region

KL

Klaipeda

Lithuania

Also appears to use LT-P-

KL

Klundert

Netherlands

 

KM

Kumamoto Prefecture

Japan

 

KMN

Kamienica Elblaska

Poland

 

KN

Kanagawa Prefecture

Japan

 

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

 

KOEL

Koelpinsee

Germany

 

KOL

Kolberg

Germany

 

KOL

Kolobrzeg

Poland

KOS

Koserow

Germany

 

KP

Kampen

Netherlands

 

KR

Kalmar

Sweden

 

KP

Koper

Slovenia

 

KR

Korsor

Denmark

 

KR

Kraljevica

Croatia

 

KRA

Krakstorf

Germany

KRM

Krynica Morskai

Poland

 

KRO

Kronsgaard

Germany

KROE

Kroeslin

Germany

 

KRS

Karsibor

Poland

 

KS

Kagoshima Prefecture

Japan

 

KU

Kuinre

Netherlands

 

KUEH

Kuehlungsborn

Germany

 

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 )

KY

Kyoto Prefecture

Japan

 

KZ

Komiza

Croatia

 

KZI

Klein Zicker

Germany

 

 

 

 

 

L

Lannion

France

 

L

Laughlands

Jamaica

 

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

Long Acre

Jamaica

 

LA

Lulea

Sweden

 

LAB

Laboe

Germany

 

LAN

Langballigau

Germany

 

LANG

Langholz

Germany

LAS

Lassan

Germany

 

LAU

Lauterbach

Germany

 

LB

Lances Bay

Jamaica

 

LBB

Leerort

Germany

LBN

Lubin

Poland

 

LC

Lucea

Jamaica

 

LE

Finkenwarder

Germany

 

LE

Leixoes

Portugal

 

LE

Lemsterland

Netherlands

 

LEB

Leba

Poland

LEBA

Leba

Germany

Historic marks only applicable before 1945.  Territorial and political changes after 1945 have resulted in Leba becoming part of 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)

LH

Leith Hall

Jamaica

 

LHA

Nachingwea

Tanzania

 

LI

Littlehampton

England

 

LI

Livorno

Italy

 

LIN

Lindaunis

Germany

 

LIP

Lippe

Germany

LIST

List auf Sylt

Germany

 

LIZ

Lietzow

Germany

 

LK

ΛK

Corfu

(Kerkyra)

Greece

Port letters appear on boats as ΛK in Greek script.  LK is the Latin alphabet equivalent

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

 

LKW

Kilwa

Tanzania

 

LL

Limassol

Cyprus

 

LL

Liverpool

England

 

LL

Lysekil

Sweden

 

LLD

Lindi rural

Tanzania

 

LLE

Liwale

Tanzania

 

LLM

Lindi urban

Tanzania

 

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

Long Bay

Jamaica

 

LO

Lorient

France

 

LOB

Lobbe

Germany

 

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

Little Bay

Jamaica

 

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

 

LY

Lyssons

Jamaica

 

 

 

 

 

M

Manchioneal

Jamaica

 

M

Middelkerke

Belgium

M

Marstal

Denmark

 

M

Milford Haven

Wales

 

M

Melilla

Spain

 

M

Mor og Romsdal

Norway

M – nnn -  A      Alesund

M – nnn -  AE    Aure 

M – nnn -  AK    Aukra  

M – nnn -  AS    Asskard

M – nnn -  AV    Averoy

M – nnn -  B      Borgund  (historic)

M – nnn -  BL    Bolsoy    (historic)

M – nnn -  BS    Bremsnes  (historic)

M – nnn -  BU    Bud  (historic)

M – nnn -  BV    Bratvaer  (historic)

M – nnn -  D      Dalsfjord

M – nnn -  E      Edoy

M – nnn -  ED    Eid

M – nnn -  EE    Eide

M – nnn -  EV    Eresfjord

M – nnn -  F      Frena

M – nnn -  FI      Frei  (historic)

M – nnn -  G      Giske

M – nnn -  GP    Grip  (historic)

M – nnn -  GS    Gjemnes

M – nnn -  GT    Grytten

M – nnn -  H      Haram

M – nnn -  HD    Hareid

M – nnn -  HF    Hjorundfjord

M – nnn -  HN    Hen

M – nnn -  HP    Hopen  (historic)

M – nnn -  HS    Halsa

M – nnn -  HO    Heroy

M – nnn -  HU    Hustad  (historic)

M – nnn -  K      Kristiansund

M – nnn -  KD    Kornstad  (historic)

M – nnn -  KS    Kvernes

M – nnn -  M      Molde

M – nnn -  MD   Midsund

M – nnn -  N      Nesset

M – nnn -  NA    Nord Aukra  (historic)

M – nnn -  NL    Norddal

M – nnn -  R      Rovde

M – nnn -  RA    Rauma

M – nnn -  S      Sande

M – nnn -  SA    Sor Aukra   (historic)

M – nnn -  SA    Sula

M – nnn -  SE    Syvde

M – nnn -  SH    Stemshaug

M – nnn -  SJ    Skodje

M – nnn -  SK    Sykkylven

M – nnn -  SL    Stordal

M – nnn -  SM   Smola

M – nnn -  SN    Sunnylven

M – nnn -  SR    Surnadal

M – nnn -  SS    Straumsnes

M – nnn -  ST    Stranda

M – nnn -  SU    Sunndal

M – nnn -  SO    Sandoy

M – nnn -  SV    Stangvik

M – nnn -  T       Tustna  (historic)

M – nnn -  TF     Tresfjord

M – nnn -  TV    Tingvoll

M – nnn -  U      Ulstein

M – nnn -  V      Vigra  (historic)

M – nnn -  VA    Volda

M – nnn -  VD    Orsta

M – nnn -  VE    Vatne  (historic)

M – nnn -  VF    Valsoyfjord

M – nnn -  VL    Voll

M – nnn -  VN    Vanylven

M – nnn -  VO    Veoy

M – nnn -  VS    Vestnes

M – nnn -  Ψ      Orsta

M – nnn -  ΨE    Ore

M – nnn -  ΨG   Orskog

M

Murmansk

Russia

May also use port letters MK

MA

Maio

Cape Verde Islands

 

MA

Makarska

Croatia

 

MA

Malaga

Spain

 

MA

Maassluis

Netherlands

 

MA

Mahdia

Tunisia

 

MA

Mahoe Bay

Jamaica

 

MA

Marseilles

France

 

MAA

Maasholm

Germany

 

MB

Market Beach

Jamaica

 

MBA

Mossel Bay

South Africa

 

MC

Marina Di Carrara

Italy

 

MC

Mosquuito Cove

Jamaica

 

MD

Marstrand

Sweden

 

MD

Moscenicka Draga

Croatia

 

ME

Medemblik

Netherlands

 

ME

Mie Prefecture

Japan

 

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)

ME

Mount Edgecomb

Jamaica

 

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

Miyagi Prrefecture

Japan

 

MG

Mostaganem

Algeria

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

MGA

Geita

Tanzania

Lake Victoria – Mwanza Region

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

 

MK

Murmansk

Russia

May also use port letter M

MKM

Malya

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Mwanza Region

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

 

MMM

Mammee Bay

Jamaica

 

MMW

Mwanza City

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Mwanza Region

MMWG

Nyamagana

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Mwanza Region

MMWL

Ilemela

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Mwanza Region

MN

Maldon

England

 

MN

Marennes

France

 

MN

Milna

Croatia

 

MN

Monfalcone

Italy

 

MO

Malmo

Sweden

 

MO

Mollendo

Peru

 

MO

Monastir

Tunisia

 

MO

Monnikendam

Netherlands

 

MO

Morant Bay

Jamaica

 

MOEN

Moenkebude

Germany

 

MP

Meppel

Netherlands

 

MR

Manchester

England

Big city in middle of England with a canal to the sea. There are no 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

 

MSR

Sengerema

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Mwanza Region

MSU

Misungwi

Tanzania

 

MT

Martigues

France

 

MT

Maryport

England

 

MT

Metkovic

Croatia

 

MT

Middlefart

Denmark

 

MT

Mitchell Town

Jamaica

 

MU

Muiden

Netherlands

 

MU

Murter

Croatia

 

MUK

Ukerewe

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Mwanza Region

MUM

Magu

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Mwanza Region

MUN

Munkmarsch-Sylt

Germany

 

MV

Mazara del Vallo

Sicily  Italy

 

MX

Morlaix

France

 

MZ

Milazzo

Sicily  Italy

 

MZ

Miyazaki Prefecture

Japan

 

 

 

 

 

N

Nakskov

Denmark

 

N

Nazare

Portugal

N

Neringa

Lithuania

 

N

Newport

Wales

 

N

Newry

Northern Ireland

 

N

Nieuwpoort

Belgium

 

N

Nordland

Norway

N -  nnn -  A      Andenes  (historic)

N – nnn – A       Andoy                  

N – nnn – AH     Alstahaug

N – nnn – AN     Ankenes  (historic)

N – nnn – B       Bodo

N – nnn – BA     Beiarn

N – nnn – BD    Bronnoysund

N – nnn – BE     Borge     (historic)

N – nnn – BG    Ballangen

N – nnn – BJ     Bjornskinn

N – nnn – BL     Bindal

N – nnn – BN     Bodin  (historic)

N – nnn – BR     Bronnoy

N – nnn – BS     Buksnes  (historic)

N – nnn – BO    Bo

N – nnn – D       Dverberg

N – nnn – DA    Donna

N – nnn -  DA    Drevja (historic)

N – nnn – DS    Donnes  (historic)

N – nnn – E       Evenes

N – nnn – F       Flakstad

N – nnn – FE     Fauske

N – nnn – G       Gildeskal

N – nnn – GM    Gimsoy  (historic)

N – nnn – H       Hadsel

N – nnn – HL     Hol  (historic)

N – nnn – HM    Hamaroy

N – nnn – HR     Heroy

N – nnn – HS     Hemnes

N – nnn – K       Kjerringoy  (historic)

N – nnn – KN     Korgen

N – nnn – L       Luroy

N – nnn – LF     Leirfjord

N – nnn – LN     Lodingen

N – nnn – LR     Leiranger  (historic)

N – nnn – LS     Langenes  (historic)

N – nnn – M      Mosjoen

N – nnn – ME    Meloy

N – nnn – MO    Mo

N – nnn – MS    Moskenes

N – nnn – N       Narvik

N – nnn – NA     Nesna

N – nnn – NF     Nordfold  (historic)

N – nnn – NR     Nord Rana

N – nnn – NV     Nordvik

N – nnn – R       Roddy

N – nnn – RA     Rana

N – nnn – RT     Rost

N – nnn -  S       Svolver (historic)

N – nnn – SA     Somna

N – nnn – SD    Skjerstad

N – nnn – SF     Sorfold

N – nnn – SG    Steigen

N – nnn – SL     Saltdal

N – nnn – SO    Sortland

N – nnn – SR     Sor Rana

N -  nnn -  SS    Sandnessjoen (historic)

N – nnn – SS     Stamnes

N – nnn – T       Tjotta  (historic)

N – nnn – TF     Tysfjord

N – nnn – TN     Trena

N – nnn – TS     Tjeldsund

N – nnn – V       Vagan

N – nnn – VA     Vega

N – nnn – VB     Varlberg  (historic)

N – nnn – VF     Velfjord

N – nnn – VK     Vik

N – nnn – VN     Vefsn

N – nnn – VR     Veroy

N – nnn – VS     Vevelstad

N – nnn – VV     Vestvagoy

N – nnn – Ψ       Oksnes

N

Norwich

Jamaica

 

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

 

NC

 

New Caledonia

French Overseas Collectivity in the Pacific Ocean

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

 

NFD

Mufindi

Tanzania

 

NG

Ditzum/Emden

Germany

 

NG

Negril

Jamaica

 

NG

Novigrad (Dalmacija)

Croatia

 

NG

Nyborg

Denmark

 

NG

Nykoping

Sweden

 

NI

Nice

France

 

NI

Nieuwendam

Netherlands

 

NI

Nigata Prefecture

Japan

 

NID

Nidden

Germany

Only of historic interest to identify photographs before 1945.  This fishing port was formerly located in Prussia and then Germany, but is now in Lithuania and the name has changed to Nida

NIK

Kilolo

Tanzania

 

NIE

Niechorze

Poland

 

NIE

Niendort

Germany

NIR

Iringa

Tanzania

 

NK

Neskaupstadur

Iceland

 

NK

Nijkerk

Netherlands

 

NKG

Norrkoping

Sweden

 

NM

Nine Miles

Jamaica

 

NM

Sint Marteen

Dutch Caribbean

 

NMK

Makete

Tanzania

 

NN

Nagano Prefecture

Japan

 

NN

Newhaven

England

 

NND

Njombe

Tanzania

 

NO

Noirmoutier

France

 

NO

Novi Vinodolski

Croatia

 

NOR

Norddeich

Germany

 

NR

Nara Prefecture

Japan

 

NRW

Rudewa

Tanzania

 

NS

Nagasaki Prefecture

Japan

 

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

NT – nnn – A     Asen

NT – nnn – B     Beitstad

NT – nnn – E     Egge

NT – nnn – F     Flatanger

NT – nnn – FA   Frostna

NT – nnn – FD   Foldereid

NT – nnn – FL    Frol

NT – nnn – FS   Fosnes

NT – nnn – G     Gravvik

NT – nnn – I       Inderoy

NT – nnn – K     Kolvereid

NT – nnn – L      Levanger

NT – nnn – LA   Leka

NT – nnn – LV   Leksvik

NT – nnn – M     Malm

NT – nnn – MV  Mosvik

NT – nnn – N     Namsos

NT – nnn – NL   Namalseid

NT – nnn – NR   Neroy

NT – nnn – O     Otteroy

NT – nnn – OL   Ogndal

NT – nnn – R     Rora

NT – nnn – S     Steinkjer

NT – nnn – SB   Sparbu

NT – nnn – SD   Stjordal

NT – nnn – SK   Skogn

NT – nnn – SN   Sandvollan

NT – nnn – SV   Skatvaal

NT – nnn – V     Vikna

NT – nnn – VL   Verdal

NT – nnn – VN   Verran

NT – nnn – VV   Vemondvik

NT – nnn – Y     Ytteroy

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

Oracabessa

Jamaica

 

O

Oslo

Norway

O – nnn – O      Oslo

O

Ostende

Belgium

 

Ψ

Ψstfold

Norway

Ψ – nnn – B       Berg

Ψ – nnn – BO    Borge

Ψ – nnn – F       Fredrikstad

Ψ – nnn – G      Glemmen

Ψ – nnn – H       Hvaler

Ψ – nnn – HD    Halden

Ψ – nnn – K       Krakeroy

Ψ – nnn – M      Moss

Ψ – nnn – O      Onsoy

Ψ – nnn – R       Rygge

Ψ – nnn – RD    Rade

Ψ – nnn – S       Sarpsborg

Ψ – nnn – SB    Skjeberg

Ψ – nnn – T       Torsnes

Ψ – nnn – TU     Tune

OB

Brake

Germany

 

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

Orange Bay

Jamaica

 

OD

Ouddrop

Netherlands

 

OD

Oost Duinkerke

Belgium

 

OBD

Oudenbosch

Netherlands

 

OBL

Obluze

Poland

 

OE

Elsfleth

Germany

 

OF

Olafsfuordu

Iceland

 

OF

Old Folly

Jamaica

 

OG

Orange Bay

Jamaica

 

OH

Oosthuizen

Netherlands

 

OH

Orange Hill

Jamaica

 

OHB

Old Harbour Bay

Jamaica

 

OHR

Ohrfeldhaff

Germany

OIG

Igunga

Tanzania

 

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

Nordenham

Germany

 

ON

Okinawa Prefecture

Japan

 

ON

Oskarshamn

Sweden

 

ONZ

Nzega

Tanzania

 

OO

Oosterland

Netherlands

 

OO

Oldenburg

Germany

 

OP

Opatija

Croatia

 

OR

Ocho Rios

Jamaica

 

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

Osaka Prefecture

Japan

 

OS

Ossenisse

Netherlands

 

OSK

Sikonge

Tanzania

 

OT

Oita Prefecture

Japan

 

OTB

Tabora

Tanzania

 

OTT

Otterndorf

Germany

 

OUR

Urambo

Tanzania

 

OUY

Uyui

Tanzania

 

OV

Oud Vossemeer

Netherlands

 

OV

Varel

Germany

 

OW

Wangeroog

Germany

 

OWS

O & W Souburg

Netherlands

 

OX

Bexen

Germany

 

OY

Okayama Prefecture

Japan

 

OZ

Oostzaan

Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

P

Paimpol

France

 

P

La Panne

Belgium

 

P

Petropavlovsk

Russia

Port letters on Russian fishing boats are in Cyrillic script.  P is the nearest Latin script equivalent to the Cyrillic Π

P

Portsmouth

England

 

P

Prospect

Jamaica

 

PA

Palermo

Sicily  Italy

 

PA

Pitea

Sweden

 

PA

Port Antonio

Jamaica

 

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

Paradise

Jamaica

 

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

Pera

Jamaica

 

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

Passage Fort

Jamaica

 

PF

Portoferraio

Italy

 

PG

Geestemunde

Germany

 

PG

Pag

Croatia

 

PG

Pagee

Jamaica

 

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

Philippeville

Algeria

Of historic interest only. These Port Letters relate to the period of French colonial rule.  The town is now called Skikda

PH

Plymouth

England

 

PH

Port Henderson

Jamaica

 

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

Pimentel

Peru

 

PL

Ploce

Croatia

 

PM

Mallorca

Spain

 

PM

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

Port Morant

Jamaica

 

PM

Purmerend

Netherlands

 

PMH

Princess Margaret Hospital Beach

Jamaica

 

PMR

Priestman’s River

Jamaica

 

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

Port Royal

Jamaica

 

PR

Preko

Croatia

 

PR

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

PRE

Prerow A Darss

Germany

 

PRU

Pruchten

Germany

 

PRZ

Przytor

Poland

 

PS

Pesaro

Italy

 

PS

Pisco

Peru

 

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

Paita

Peru

 

PT

Parottee

Jamaica

 

PT

Port Talbot

Wales

 

PT

Porto Torres

Sardinia  Italy

 

PU

Pula

Croatia

 

PU

Putten

Netherlands

 

PUC

Puck

Poland

 

PUT

Puttgarden

Germany

 

PV

Poortvliet

Netherlands

 

PV

Port Vendres

France

 

PV

Povoa de Varzim

Portugal

 

PV

Privlaka

Croatia

 

PW

Padstow

England

 

PY

 

French Polynesia

French Overseas Collectivity in the Pacific Ocean

PY

Phu Yen

Province

Vietnam

 

PY

Priory

Jamaica

 

PZ

Penzance

England

 

 

 

 

 

Q

Quarteira

Portugal

QB

Quang Binh

Province

Vietnam

 

QN

Quang Ninh

Province

Vietnam

 

QNa

Quang Nam

Province

Vietnam

 

QNK

Nkasi

Tanzania

 Lake Tanganyika – Rukwa Region

QNg

Quang Ngai

Province

Vietnam

 

QPD

Mpanda

Tanzania

 Lake Tanganyika – Rukwa Region

QSB

Sumbawanga

Tanzania

 Lake Tanganyika – Rukwa Region

QT

Quang Tri

Province

Vietnam

 

QT

Quarteira

Portugal

 

 

 

 

 

R

Ramsgate

England

 

R

Ribe

Denmark

 

R

Rock

Jamaica

 

R

Rogaland

Norway

R – nnn – A       Akra  (historic)

R – nnn – AL     Ardal

R – nnn – AS     Avaldsnes  (historic)

R – nnn – B       Bokn

R – nnn – E       Egersund

R – nnn – EF     Erfjord

R – nnn – ES     Eigersund

R – nnn – F       Finnoy

R – nnn – FD     Forsand

R – nnn – FR     Fister

R – nnn – G       Gjesdal

R – nnn – H       Haugesund

R – nnn – HA     Ha

R – nnn – HM    Hjelmland

R – nnn – HO    Hole

R – nnn – HT     Hetland

R – nnn – HY     Hoyland

R – nnn – ID      Imsland

R – nnn – J       Jelsa

R – nnn – K       Karmoy

R – nnn – K       Kopervik  (historic)

R – nnn – KP     Klepp

R – nnn – KV     Kvitsoy

R – nnn – L       Lund

R – nnn – M      Musteroy

R – nnn – MA    Madia

R – nnn – N       Nedstrand

R – nnn – NB     Nerbo

R – nnn – O       Ogna

R – nnn – R       Rennesoy

R – nnn – RB     Randaberg       

R – nnn – S       Stavanger

R – nnn – SA     Sauda

R – nnn – SD    Sand (historic)

R – nnn – SD    Suldal

R – nnn – SE     Skare

R – nnn – SG    Sogndal

R – nnn – SH     Skudenes

R – nnn – SI      Sandeid

R – nnn – SJ     Skjold

R – nnn – SK     Sokndal

R – nnn – SL     Stangaland  (historic)

R – nnn – SN     Skudeneshavn

R – nnn – SΨ    Sjernaroy

R – nnn – SO    Sola

R – nnn – SS     Sandnes

R – nnn – ST     Strand

R – nnn – T       Torvastad

R – nnn – TV     Tysver

R – nnn – U       Utsira

R – nnn – V       Varhaug (historic)

R – nnn – V       Vindafjord

R – nnn – VD    Vikedal

R – nnn – VS     Vats

R

Rostock

Germany

 

R

Rouen

France

 

RA

Rangarvalla

Iceland

 

RA

Ravenna

Italy

 

RA

Roja

Latvia

 

RAD

Radeland

Germany

RAN

Rankwitz

Germany

 

RB

Rab

Croatia

 

RB

River Bay

Jamaica

 

RBD

Bunda

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Mara Region

RC

Rabac

Croatia

 

RC

Reggio Calabria

Italy

 

RD

Ransdorp

Netherlands

 

RD

Reading

Jamaica

 

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

 

RER

Rerik

Germany

 

REW

Rewa

Poland

 

REW

Rewahl

Pomerania Germany

Of historic interest only for photographs prior to 1919. The town is now called Rewal and is in Poland

RG

Ribeira Grande

Portugal

 

RG

Riga

Latvia

Also appears to use LVR

RG

Rogoznica

Croatia

 

RI

Ringkobing

Denmark

RI

Rio Bueno

Jamaica

 

RK

Rijeka

Croatia

 

RK

Rocky Point

Jamaica

 

RL

Rilland

Netherlands

 

RM

Rimini

Italy

 

RMU

Musoma rural

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Mara Region

RMUN

Musoma urban

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Mara Region

RN

Rio Nuevo

Jamaica

 

RN

Runcorn

England

 

RO

Robins Bay

Jamaica

 

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

 

RP

Rocky Point

Jamaica

 

RR

Rochester

England

 

RS

Rasa

Croatia

 

RST

Serengeti

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Mara Region

RT

Rae Town

Jamaica

 

RTE

Tarime

Tanzania

 Lake Victoria – Mara Region

RU

La Reunion

La Reunion

French overseas region  - Indian Ocean

RU

Rudkjobing

Denmark

 

RU

Runaway Bay

Jamaica

 

RUG

Rugenwalde

Pomerania Germany

 Of historic interest only for photographs prior to 1919.  Rugenwalde is now in Poland

RV

Revival

Jamaica

 

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

 

S

Smithsfield

Jamaica

 

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

St. Anne

Jamaica

 

SA

Swansea

Wales

 

SAL

Sint Annaland

Netherlands

 

SAB

St. Annes Bay

Jamaica

 

SAS

Sassnitz

Germany

 

SB

Burgstaaken

Germany

 

SB

Sanaco Bay

Jamaica

 

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

Scotts Cove

Jamaica

 

SC

Sucuraj

Croatia

 

SCH

Scheveningen

Netherlands

 

SCHL

Schlutersiel

Germany

 

SCHLE

Schleswig

Germany

SCHLU

Schlutup

Germany

SCHΦN

Schonberger Strand

Germany

SCHUB

Schuby

Germany

 

SCS

Success

Jamaica

 

SD

Altona

Germany

 

SD

Friedrichskoog

Germany

 

SD

Sandy Point

Jamaica

 

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

Seester

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 – nnn -  A        Askvoll

SF – nnn -  AD     Aurland

SF – nnn -  AL      Ardal

SF – nnn -  B        Bremanger

SF – nnn -  BK     Brekke

SF – nnn -  BS     Balestrand

SF – nnn -  BU     Bru

SF – nnn -  D       Davik

SF – nnn -  E       Eid

SF – nnn -  EF     Eikefjord

SF – nnn -  F       Flora

SF – nnn -  FD    Forde

SF – nnn -  FL     Fjaler

SF – nnn -  G      Gulen

SF – nnn -  GP    Gloppen

SF – nnn – GR    Gaular 

SF – nnn -  H      Hyllestad

SF – nnn -  HO    Hafslo  (historic)

SF – nnn -  HO    Hoyanger

SF – nnn -  I        Innvik

SF – nnn -  K      Kinn  (historic)

SF – nnn -  KB    Kyrkjebo

SF – nnn -  L       Leikanger

SF – nnn -  LL     Lerdal

SF – nnn -  LS    Luster

SF – nnn -  LV   Lavik

SF – nnn -  N      Naustdal

SF – nnn -  NV    Nord Vagsoy (historic)

SF – nnn -  S      Selje

SF – nnn -  SD   Sogndal

SF – nnn -  ST    Stryn

SF – nnn -  SU    Solund

SF – nnn -  SV   Sor Vagsoy  (historic)

SF – nnn -  V      Vagsoy

SF – nnn -  V     Vevring (historic)

SF – nnn -  VK    Vik

 

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

Saga Prefecture

Japan

 

SG

Salacgriva

Latvia

 

SG

Santa Cruz

Graciosa, Azores Portugal

 

SG

Gluckstad

Germany

 

SG

Solveborg

Sweden

 

SG

Spring Garden

Jamaica

 

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

Shiga Prefecture

Japan

 

SH

Snow Hill

Jamaica

 

SH