Watchkeepers visit the NMOC
Volunteers from the Needles NCI were given the opportunity to visit the NMOC (National Maritime Operations Centre) in Fareham. Two groups made the visit in March and May of this year (2017).
This was an excellent opportunity for Watchkeepers to gain an insight into the role of the Coastguards and how we might help in the event of an incident.
An informative presentation by the Maritime Operations Specialist, Dan Winter, was followed by a tour of the centre. We were able to see first hand how incidents were managed around the UK.
Operations from Solent Coastguard, which looks after Hampshire, Isle of Wight and parts of Sussex were transferred to the NMOC in 2014. There are 10 other Maritime Operations Centres around the UK, enabling all areas to help manage the workload in busy periods.
On the journey home, a few of the Watchkeepers were privileged to visit the bridge on the Red Funnel ferry, with thanks to the Captain and Helmsman.
What a great day out!