Rescue Services: Belfast

Transport written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Belfast, was staffed at below risk-assessed levels in (a) July 2013 and (b) August 2013.

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

Belfast Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) was staffed at below risk assessed levels in July 2013 on 50 occasions out of 62 shifts; and in August 2013 on 41 occasions out of 62.

These situations are mitigated by 'MRCC pairing' where each MRCC is connected to at least one other MRCC which is available to provide mutual support. In respect of Belfast MRCC mutual support is available through a fixed link from Stornoway MRCC and dial up links from the MRCCs at Shetland, Aberdeen, Liverpool or Holyhead.

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