Segensworth coastguard centre to open by autumn 2014

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A NATIONAL operations centre for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency will be operating from Segensworth by autumn 2014.

The timetable for the modernisation of Her Majesty’s Coastguard has been announced and will be completed by the end of 2015.

The introduction of a national network will enable the National Maritime Operations Centre and the 10 Coastguard Operation Centres to work on a national scale. This means in an emergency, even though the relevant centre will manage the co-ordination, there will be a bigger support network available.

Sir Alan Massey, of the MCA, said: ‘This is an exciting time. We are moving into a new era for HM Coastguard.

‘We want to continue being a world-class organisation committed to preventing loss of life, improving maritime safety, and protecting the marine environment.

‘We realise this whole change programme will be tough for some, particularly those who feel they have no future with HM Coastguard.

‘We recognise that, and will do our best to work with every individual to ensure they are properly supported in making the best decision for them.’