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Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

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The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is the competent U.K. authority responsible for responding to pollution from shipping and offshore installations. The MCA is regularly called upon to respond to a wide range of maritime incidents and have developed a comprehensive response procedure to deal with any emergency at sea that causes pollution, or threatens to cause pollution. The “National Contingency Plan for Marine Pollution from Shipping and Offshore Installations” (NCP) was published in January 2000 and sets out revised command and control procedures for incident response following Lord Donaldson’s Review of Salvage and Intervention and their Command and Control. These procedures have built-in thresholds to allow for flexibility of response to different degrees of incident.

The Coastguard Agency’s Marine Pollution Control Unit (MPCU) was formed in 1967 following the TORREY CANYON incident, to provide a command and control structure for decision making and response following a shipping incident that causes, or threatens to cause, pollution in UK waters.
MPCU was then restructured during the merger between Marine Safety Agency and The Coastguard Agency in 1998 to become the Counter Pollution and Response (CPR) Branch of the MCA.

MCA’s CPR is now based on a regional response with central operational, technical and scientific support. A Regional Operation Manager – Counter Pollution and Salvage (ROM-CPS) is based in each region, supported by scientists, mariners, cost recovery specialists and logistics support specialists in the MCA’s headquarters in Southampton.

Dates Referenced September 2003
Contact Details Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Spring Place
105 Commercial Road
Southampton
Hampshire
SO15 1EG
UK

Tel: 023 80329 295/279
Fax: 023 80329 298

MCA Infoline: 0870 6006505

Website Address

 http://www.mcga.gov.uk/

Email

infoline@mcga.gov.uk

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Specific References (Please note - website addresses change frequently and all references are dated accordingly. If hyperlinks are no longer active, please inform us)

Reference Section of Website Specific Website link
W468.Jan2003.w1 Counter Pollution & Response http://www.mcga.gov.uk/pollution/
W468.Aug03.w1 National Contingency Plan for Marine Pollution from Shipping and Offshore Installations

[Note this document is presently (June 2005) undergoing revision]

http://www.mcga.gov.uk/publications/contin.pdf
W468.Aug03.w2 Contingency Planning for Marine Pollution Preparedness and Response: Guidelines for Ports http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga-oprc_guidelines.pdf [URL corrected June 2005]

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W468.Feb2005.w1 SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL AND OPERATIONAL GUIDANCE NOTE - STOp 1/98 HEALTH, SAFETY & WELFARE DURING SHORELINE CLEAN-UP http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga-stop1_98.pdf
W468.Feb2005.w2 SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL AND OPERATIONAL ADVICE NOTE STOp 5/99 GUIDELINES FOR THE PREPARATION OF COASTAL AND ESTUARINE BOOMING PLANS http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga-stop5_99.pdf
W468.Feb2005.w3 SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL AND OPERATIONAL ADVICE NOTE - STOp 1/2001 Maritime Pollution Response in the UK The Environment Group http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga-stop1_01.pdf
W468.Dec05.w1 Counter Pollution & Response http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga-environmental/mcga-dops_cp_
environmental-counter-pollution.htm

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