Net hazard warning

Divers have been advised not to dive on the Scylla due to a 150ft net currently entangled on the wreck. The National Marine Aquarium has issued a warning to divers thinking of diving at the Scylla reef site off Plymouth of the presence of a 150ft monofilament gill net covering a large part of the reef making dive conditions extremely dangerous. The Aquarium is strongly advising against any dives over the reef until the situation has been sorted.

Read more on the BSAC website…

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Net hazard warning

Divers have been advised not to dive on the Scylla due to a 150ft net currently entangled on the wreck. The National Marine Aquarium has issued a warning to divers thinking of diving at the Scylla reef site off Plymouth of the presence of a 150ft monofilament gill net covering a large part of the reef making dive conditions extremely dangerous. The Aquarium is strongly advising against any dives over the reef until the situation has been sorted. Read more on the BSAC website…

Coastguard modernisation proposals confirmed

Plans to modernise the Coastguard have been confirmed by Shipping Minister Mike Penning. The proposals, which were announced for consultation in July, will make the Coastguard better coordinated, more resilient to the challenges of the future and will increase the number of regular coastguard officers working in coastal communities, who provide leadership and support to the volunteers of the Coastguard Rescue Service.

The plans – which will modernise how rescues are coordinated and do not affect the services which go out to perform rescues -will create a nationally networked system of Coastguard coordination centres comprising:

  • One Maritime Operations Centre, to be established in Fareham, Hants, with a back-up facility at the existing Dover coordination centre, both operating on a 24 hour basis; and
  • Eight Coastguard Centres, all operated on a 24 hour basis, located at Falmouth, Milford Haven, Holyhead, Belfast, Stornoway, Shetland, Aberdeen and Humber. The station at London is also retained.

Mike Penning said: “After many years of uncertainty, these reforms provide a clear plan for the future of Her Majesty’s Coastguard. They will deliver a resilient and fully networked national rescue coordination service. They will make much better use of the talents and skills of our Coastguards and will provide more interesting and rewarding work with better pay”. Read more on the MCA website…

RNLI launches international development programme to help prevent drownings worldwide

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is to start actively stepping-up its overseas work, to help developing search and rescue-related organisations and reduce the estimated 1.2million drownings that occur around the world each year.

The charity’s new international development strategy aims to make a significant difference in reducing maritime incidents around the world by delivering a range of services, including consultancy and training, to search and rescue organisations worldwide.

Read more on the RNLI website…

All welcome to RNLI annual lecture: The role of trials and testing in marine safety

Members of the public are invited to attend The RNLI annual lecture, held in conjunction with the University of Southampton, on Wednesday 30 November 2011 at 6pm. This year’s lecture, ‘Testing Times: the role of trials and testing in marine safety’ will be delivered by eminent guest speaker Dr Ian Dand FREng.

Read more on the RNLI website…

Written ministerial statement on Marine Conservation Zones

The Government’s first step to identifying new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) in English waters was taken forward through four regional MCZ projects managed by the Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies, who are Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.

The regional projects provided their recommendations for proposed sites for MCZs, these have been reviewed by the independent Science Advisory Panel (SAP) and their advice to the SNCBs and Defra has been published.

Read more on the Defra website…