The Maritime Coastguard Agency says lifeboats, rescue helicopters and other rescue facilities in the area will be 'wholly unaffected'

Clyde Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) closed today.

The Maritime Coastguard Agency has pledged that there will be ‘no reduction in front line rescue resources’ and the availability of

Coastguard Rescue Teams, lifeboats, rescue helicopters and other rescue

facilities in the area will be ‘wholly unaffected’.


In 2011 the Government announced the new structure for the nationally

networked Coastguard Service which will become fully operational in

early 2015. When Clyde MRCC closes, Stornoway and Belfast MRCCs assume

full responsibility for the west coast of Scotland.


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

integrated 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.


Contact arrangements for HM Coastguard in the Clyde area from 18 December onwards:


Emergency Calls:


There is no change to the telephone number members of the public should

use to report a maritime or coastal emergency. Call 999 and ask for the

Coastguard and the 999 operator will transfer the call to the

appropriate Coastguard Rescue Coordination Centre.


Contacting the Coastguard directly by phone:


Callers who previously contacted Clyde MRCC can contact Stornoway MRCC

direct on 01851 702013 or Belfast MRCC on 02891 463933. Clyde MRCC

operations room phone number 01475 729988 will be routed to Belfast

MRCC.


Contacting the Coastguard by VHF and VHF DSC:


The VHF and MF coverage provided by the coastguard remains unchanged and

radio calls to the coastguard will be dealt with by Stornoway

Coastguard or Belfast Coastguard depending on the callers location.

Mariners are encouraged to save the VHF DSC MMSI number for their

nearest coastguard shore station into their DSC unit. The MMSI number

for Clyde Coastguard will be diverted to another MRCC.


Maritime Safety Information:


Maritime Safety Information including weather, gale warnings and

navigational warnings will continue to be broadcast on the same schedule

and frequencies as previously published. For information on these

broadcasts, sailors can click here and visit to Weather in

the Leisure and Seaside section.


Time Expired Pyrotechnics:


Leisure sailors who need to dispose of time expired pyrotechnics can

phone any MRCC for advice on their closest drop off point.

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