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.

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Research and statistics

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Our management

Chief Executive, MCA
Brian Johnson
Non-Executive Chairman
Michael Parker
Director, Her Majesty's Coastguard
Claire Hughes
Director of UK Maritime Services, MCA
Katy Ware

Contact MCA

HM Coastguard and Marine Offices

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

Emergency contact number for the nearest coastguard

999

Head office

Spring Place
105 Commercial Road
Southampton
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. 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

UK Ship Register

Customer Services: merchant and bareboat charter registration
MCA HQ
Spring Place
105 Commercial Road
Southampton
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.

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

Seafarer training and certification switchboard

0203 817 2200

Phone lines are currently closed for seafarer training and certification services please email the relevant department as per the below addresses.

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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