Forth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, (MRCC), will close on 28 September. There will be no reduction in front line rescue resources, which remain unaffected by the modernisation of HM Coastguard. The Coastguard Rescue Service will continue to provide coastal search and rescue, the search and rescue helicopters and RNLI Lifeboats will also continue to be available for maritime search and rescue operations.
In November 2011 the Government announced the new structure for the nationally networked Coastguard Service which will become fully operational in early 2015. When Forth MRCC closes this week, Aberdeen MRCC will assume responsibility for this part of the coastline and sea.
Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said,
“Safety is our top priority and I am confident that HM Coastguard will maintain the same high quality search and rescue service as they always have done”.
By 2015, HM Coastguards new network will be operational with a national Maritime Operations Centre at its core. We will deliver a more resilient search and rescue coordination service for the UK, taking full advantage of modern communications technology and enabling any centre to support others across the network during busy periods, thus sharing the work load. Read more on the MCA website…