Falmouth Rescue Center Out of Action

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The UK’s Falmouth Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) is currently out of action following a lightning strike late last night. Until further notice its monitoring and co-ordination functions are being undertaken by Brixham MRCC.

Following the lightning strike at around 11:00 p.m. on Jan. 17, Falmouth MRCC was evacuated because of smoke coming from electrical equipment. Cornwall Fire Brigade were asked to attend. The building was checked and although physically unmarked there appears to be significant damage to the communications equipment.

While out of action Falmouth MRCC's emergency calls are being handled by colleagues at Brixham MRCC. Coastguard Officers are operating three remote stations at The Lizard, Trevose and Lands End. These remote stations will undertake radio checks, monitor radio frequencies and respond to alerts from shipping.

Richard Parkes, Duty Director for the MCA said "I'm relieved that none of our staff were injured. All our MRCCs are paired with another for exactly a situation like this so Brixham should be able to operate as Falmouth without the public even realising. We're extending our operations by using the remote stations at The Lizard, Trevose and Lands End so I'm confident that we can continue to provide our usual co-ordination service until Falmouth is returned to full working order."

Maritime Reporter August 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Maritime Safety

Hurricane Ignacio Gains Strength but Expected to Bypass Hawaii

Hurricane Ignacio intensified as it blew across the Pacific on a route likely to bypass Hawaii on Saturday, said the Central Pacific Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service.

World’s Quickest Trip Through Northern Sea Route

Chinese sailor Guo Chuan intends to make it world’s quickest Northern Sea Route trip from Murmansk to the Bering Strait in 14 days without engine power. His

USCG Reopens Key West Ports After Erika Dissipates

Effective 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Capt. Jeffrey Janszen, Coast Guard Captain of the Port, reopened Key West, Florida, ports, terminals and facilities due to Tropical Storm Erika dissipating.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2990 sec (3 req/sec)