Information Coastguard Agency

The Weather Station at NCI Prawle Point

NEW! Live June 1st 2017 Prawle point NCI

Your attention is drawn to the NEW Contafct information for the Prawle Point NCI

  • VHF Radio - Ch65
  • Weather reports at 09:45, 11:45, 13:45, 15:45 and 17:45 in the summer
  • Radio and AIS checks Call 'Prawle Point NCI' Ch 65 during operating hours (09:00 to the earlier of sunset or 17:00 during the winter or 20:00 during the summer.
  • You can also phone the lookout on 01548 511259
  • Visit their website www.nciprawlepoint.org.uk
    where you can see our weather station and webcams.
  • VHF channel 65 is used by all National Coastwatch Institution stations.

What they do

They work to prevent the loss of life on the coast and at sea and produce legislation and guidance on maritime matters, and provide certification to seafarers.

They provide a 24-hour maritime search and rescue service around the UK coast, and international search and rescue through HM Coastguard.

They are a team of 1,050 staff and 3,500 volunteers, whose headquarters are in Southampton and they have offices and co-ordination centres around the UK coast.

Priorities include

  • complete the future coastguard programme
  • prepare to take full responsibility for all UK search and rescue helicopter operations from 2015
  • complete our reform programme to improve efficiency and customer service in ship surveying and inspections
  • increase our staff numbers to increase the number of coastguards and improve IT support
  • provide more responsive services to shipowners registered on the UK Ship Registry

Website link: http://www.mcga.gov.uk/

Changes to the Coastguard Stations

Brixham Area National Maritime Operation Centre has now Closed.

THE NEW National Maritime Operations Centre in Hampshire has now become operational as the Brixham Coastguard Station has closed.

Operations from Brixham were transferred to the NMOC in November 2015, leaving just ten stations operated around the country, with the closest to South Devon now being Falmouth in Cornwall.

The changes to Her Majesty's Coastguard will see the NMOC and 10 other Coastguard Operation Centres around the UK work together to manage the workload, with in a search and rescue incident a much bigger and better support network available nationally available, while the NMOC stress that there will be no reduction in rescue resources.

JOIN THE CG66 - SAFETY IDNTIFICATION SCHEME

You can join online, or download the form and send it to your nearest Coastguard Co-ordination Centre. Forms can also be obtained from any Coastguard Co-ordination Centre or Sector Base; MCA Marine Office; RNLI boathouse, or look out for them in your Local Marina or Sailing Club. 

The scheme is free and is for the benefit of the owners of all types of leisure vessels and small craft. Complete the questionnaire that will provide as much detail of your vessel including: name; type of vessel; size and colour; radio and navigation equipment carried; lifesaving equipment carried; your usual area of operation and mooring; and details of a shore contact. In short, as much detail as possible to assist the Coastguard should Search and Rescue action ever become necessary.

JOIN ONLINE HERE:- https://mcanet.mcga.gov.uk/public/cg66/