Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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What the Maritime and Coastguard Agency does

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.

Read more about what we do


Our management

Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson
Chief Executive, MCA
Michael Parker
Michael Parker
Non-Executive Chairman
Richard Parkes
Richard Parkes
Director, Maritime Operations and HM Coastguard, MCA
Katy Ware
Katy Ware
Director of Maritime Safety and Standards, MCA
Doug Barrow
Doug Barrow
Director of the UK Ship Register
Bill  Dunham
Bill Dunham
Director, Strategy and Corporate Services, MCA

Contact MCA

HM Coastguard and Marine Offices

Emergency contact number for the nearest coastguard


Head office

Spring Place
105 Commercial Road
SO15 1EG
United Kingdom

Main switchboard

0203 817 2000

For General enquiries

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 and for enquiries on registration of ships, seafarer’s certification see the list provided here:

UK Ship Register

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.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency press office

Press enquiries

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

Outside these hours, for emergency press enquiries only please dial the above number. You will hear a message giving details of how to contact the on call press officer.

Seafarer training and certification: deck training

Seafarer training and certification: boatmaster training

Seafarer training and certification: CEC training

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

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