Rescue Services

Transport written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

Alert me about debates like this

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions both the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Belfast, and the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Stornoway, were staffed at below risk-assessed levels at the same time between 1 January 2013 and 31 August 2013.

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

Belfast and Stornoway Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres (MRCC) were concurrently staffed at below risk assessed levels between 1 January 2013 and 31 August 2013 on 46 occasions out of 486 shifts.

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 and Stornoway MRCCs mutual support is available through a fixed link between them and dial up links from the MRCCs at Shetland, Aberdeen, Liverpool or Holyhead.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.