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Save Stornoway Coastguard 

Location: UK » Scotland » HS

On the 16th December 2010 the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) published a consultation document to modernise HM Coastguard for the 21st Century. The main part of this document proposes the reduction in the number of Maritime Rescue Co-ordination stations around the UK coast from the current 19 stations operating 24 hours a day to just 9.

Of these 9 only 4 will be 24 hour, one looking after the River Thames in London, one monitoring shipping in the Dover Straights and the other two stations looking after all Search & Rescue for the rest of the UK. One will be on the South Coast of England, around the Southampton/ Portsmouth area, and the other will be in the current MRCC in Aberdeen.

They propose to have additional ‘sub-centres’ open during daylight hours only at Falmouth, Swansea and Humber. The consultation is asking for respondents to make the decision on the last two day stations, giving the choice of either Liverpool or Belfast and either Stornoway or Shetland. Which ever of two stations are not chosen will be closed along with Clyde, Forth, Holyhead, Milford Haven, Brixham, Portland, Solent, Thames and Yarmouth.

These proposed closures are not to do with ‘modernisation’ but budget cuts - finances over safety!

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