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HM Coastguard: Fareham

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 203792, tabled on 2 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what levels of staffing the Maritime and Coastguard Agency expects to be in place at Martime and Coastguard Agency Maritime Operations Centre at Fareham in (a) September 2014, (b) November 2014, (c) January 2015 and (d) March 2015.

Answered on

7 July 2014

The transition to the new Her Majesty's Coastguard structure is progressive over 15 months, from September 2014 until December 2015, and is structured to incrementally deliver the right number of staff at the right point of the transition timetable. When fully operational there will be 96 Operational Coastguards in post at the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC).

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency plans that there will be at least 45 Coastguards in post at the NMOC in September 2014 when it takes over the operational responsibilities for the areas previously covered by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres at Solent and Portland. Staffing levels at the NMOC will progress over the transition period in line with ongoing recruitment activity and the release of successful internal candidates from current operational duties.

It should be noted that three Coastguard Operations Centres, each with a complement of 23 Coastguards, will migrate in the national network alongside the NMOC between October 2014 and March 2015. These are:

· Falmouth – October 2014

· Holyhead – December 2014

· Milford Haven – February 2015

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