Clyde Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre transfer arrangements

Hello,

I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the revised arrangements for contacting the coastguard following the closure of Clyde Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) on 18 December 2012.

In 2011 the Government announced the new structure for the nationally networked Coastguard Service which will become fully operational by 2015. When Clyde MRCC closes, Stornoway and Belfast MRCC’s assume responsibility for this part of the coastline and sea.

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 caller’s 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 visit

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.

If you have any other questions please get in touch.

Yours sincerely

Sue Todd,

Coastal Safety Manager

http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca and go to Leisure & the Seaside and then "Weather"