Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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What we do

We work to prevent the loss of life on the coast and at sea. We produce legislation and guidance on maritime matters, and provide certification to seafarers.

MCA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Transport.

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Research and statistics

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Our management

Chief Executive
Non-Executive Chairman
Director of HM Coastguard
Director of UK Maritime Services

Contact MCA

HM Coastguard and Marine Offices

For local rescue phone numbers, click the link.
United Kingdom

Emergency contact number for the nearest coastguard


Office address and general enquiries

Maritime & Coastguard Agency
Spring Place
105 Commercial Road
SO15 1EG
United Kingdom

Main switchboard

0203 817 2000

Press office

Press enquiries

020381 72222 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)

Outside these hours or on bank holidays and weekends, for media enquiries ONLY, please send an email to outlining your query and putting #Urgent in the subject title.

Out of hours duty surveyor

Technical Enquiries

+44 (0)7810 528504

Note that this service is for Urgent Technical Enquiries that require action out of office hours only. This number must not be used for any urgent or routine enquires during normal office hours.

All enquiries during office hours, including, but not limited to, technical enquiries, enquiries on registration of ships or seafarer’s certification should use the contact details on the list provided here:

UK Ship Register

Customer Services: merchant and bareboat charter registration
Spring Place
105 Commercial Road
SO15 1EG

United Kingdom

Merchant Ships

023 8032 9197

Small Ships

+44(0)29 2044 8813

Fishing Vessels

+44(0)29 2044 8855

Pleasure Vessels

+44(0)29 2044 8866

7:30am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Seafarer training and certification

Seafarer training and certification switchboard

0203 817 2200

Phone lines are open 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm.

Seafarer training and certification: deck training

Seafarer training and certification: boatmaster training

Seafarer training and certification: FSE/CEC

Seafarer training and certification: engineering training

Seafarer training and certification: exams section

Seafarer training and certification: revalidation team

Seafarer training and certification: safemanning team

Seafarer training and certification: smart team

Seafarer training and certification: STC courses

UK Beacon Registry


+44 (0)20 3817 2006


+44 (0)1326 319264

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Make an FOI request

  1. Read about the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and how to make a request.
  2. Check our previous releases to see if we’ve already answered your question.
  3. Make a new request by contacting us using the details below.

Freedom of Information requests

Freedom of Information
Spring Place
105 Commercial Road
SO15 1EG
United Kingdom

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