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Rescue Services: Scotland

Transport written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Eilidh Whiteford Eilidh Whiteford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Women), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Agriculture and Fisheries)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what investment has been made in equipment at Shetland Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre and Aberdeen Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre following the closure of Forth Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

There has been no requirement to change equipment at either of these MRCCs; HM Coastguard is utilising existing ‘Quadrant' technology.

However the connectivity of remote radio sites from Aberdeen into Shetland will be altered in order to better balance the radio resources between these two centres. Additionally one Automated Identification System terminal, used for Vessel Traffic Monitoring (VTM) is being migrated to Shetland from Forth MRCC to provide enhanced operational resilience.

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