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The proposals to restructure HM Coastguard are currently out to public consultation and include an option either to close the Belfast Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) or to make it a daytime only operation.
Neither option will impact on our ability to co-ordinate search and rescue (SAR); implementing the proposals will mean that this can be done from any location.
In terms of the effect on staff, if a decision was made to close Belfast, staff could apply for vacancies at a new Maritime Operations Centre (MOC) or a sub-Centre, the wider Coastguard, or the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Opportunities would also be given to apply to the wider civil service. Only after all these opportunities were exhausted, would the redundancy be considered. If a decision was made to make Belfast MRCC a sub-centre, staff would be given the same options, including the option to apply for a post in the same location.