New National Coastguard Operations Centre Opens
1:00pm 8th September 2014
Solent Coastguard are handing over to the new National Maritime Operations Centre today in Fareham.
The handover of Portland Coastguard will take place next week.
Local campaigners fear moving coastguard services to Hampshire could impact on their ability to save lives at sea, due to the distance the helicopter will have to travel.
Mark Rodaway has moved across from Portland Coastguard and taken up a new role at the NMOC. He said:
"The public won't notice any difference to the way search and rescue missions are responded to. If you call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, or issue a mayday broadcast, we will still be here to help you.
"The only change is that we now have a new centre that will be able to oversee and assist with operations around the whole of the UK, with a mix of experienced personnel alongside Maritime Operations Officers that have chosen to pursue an exciting career with the Coastguard.
"I am incredibly grateful to the staff both at Solent and Portland Coastguard, who have served their region and local communities with great dedication and professionalism over many years. I am pleased that a good number of them are staying with the Coastguard and have relocated to roles at our new national centre."