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6 September 2021 — Press release
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency Code of Practice for Small Fishing Vessels now includes a requirement for fishing boats to be inspected both in and out of the water every five years.
12 August 2021 — Press release
International rules on safety levels for High Speed Craft (HSC) are being brought into force under UK law.
10 June 2021 — Press release
The shortlist of companies being invited to tender for the next generation of search and rescue aviation has been announced by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Surveyors from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are to carry out unannounced inspections of fishing vessels across the UK.
22 March 2021 — News story
Coastguards across the UK are warning those planning to go anywhere near the coast or beaches over the Easter period to be on their guard.
3 July 2020 — Press release
For commercial seafarers and recreational boat users
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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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Contact Form: HM Coastguard and Marine Offices
Emergency contact number for the nearest coastguard
0203 817 2000
For General enquiries
020381 72222 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)
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+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: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/maritime-and-coastguard-agency/about/access-and-opening
023 8032 9197
+44(0)29 2044 8813
+44(0)29 2044 8855
+44(0)29 2044 8866
7:30am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday.
Seafarer training and certification switchboard
0203 817 2200
Phone lines are open 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm.
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