Her Majesty’s Coastguard (HMC) responded to more than 31,000 incidents at the coast according to the MCA 2019-2020 annual report.
“As this report demonstrates, we continue to keep protecting the general public with our first-class search and rescue service,” said Brian Johnson, chief executive of the MCA. “Elsewhere, exciting work has, and is continuing to take place across the board, with important steps being made in many areas, such as survey and inspection and enhanced experiences for UK Ship Register customers.”
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As well as frontline search and rescue, HMC has delivered a number of major projects including making the Channel Navigation Information Service national across its network. Away from HMC, the MCA’s Maritime Regulatory Compliance Team successfully prosecuted ten cases.
The UK Maritime Services Team, incorporating the UK Ship Register, continues to move more of its work to digital platforms with the latter now able to process registration and vessel information online, recording 77 new ship registrations by the end of March.
The survey and inspection side of the Maritime Services Team has completed its Transformation Programme and a successful recruitment drive saw the MCA meet its target with the placing of a minimum of 85 qualified port state control officers in positions by 31 March.
Download the report: MCA 2019-2020 annual report highlights the work of this Government department