Not in the Solent, but a really alarming demonstration of how a small wave can capsize a yacht, have a look at this VIDEO picked up the RSS feed on our Solent Now page.
On 22nd January, Geoff Matthews of HM Coastguard gave a fascinating talk about the major reforms taking place within the Coastguard service. The changes arise from the advances in information and communications technology over the last 2 decades. It was clear that Geoff firmly believes that the new situation will represent a major step forward. … Continue reading 21st Century Coastguard – the video
Official Coastguard video of Atalanta of Chester colliding into the Hanne Knutsen in the Solent. Interesting to note the track of the SP launch (ahead of the tanker) which clearly tried to prevent a collision
Not that anyone would ever argue with it, but the chain ferry has now been given formal right of way in the new General Directions for Cowes Harbour. as explained in the forward:- "One of the major changes will be the introduction of General Direction No. 6. Cowes Chain Ferry. This General Direction governs the … Continue reading Cowes General Directions and Harbour Byelaws 2014
A fun idea to produce a new carol video promoting a safety message, Perhaps they should stick to their day jobs! More seriously, Coastguard is in for a year of change. We arranged for a senior Coastguard, Geoff Matthews, to deliver a talk explaining the changes.
“VTS, THIS IS TANKER ALBION. WE HAVE HAD AN EXPLOSION IN THE PUMP ROOM. THERE IS A FIRE THERE. TWO CREW MISSING. WE HAVE ANCHORED CLEAR OF THE NAVIGATION CHANNEL “ This was the opening move in an exercise held last week in Southampton Water. Tests of the Solfire plan take place at regular intervals, … Continue reading Successful SOLFIRE exercise
Andrew Healy, Counter Pollution and Salvage Officer at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: “This was a model multi-agency response to a complex pollution incident. There was very minimal impact on the local environment as a result of this incident.” We reported the fire that led to the superyacht sinking in the River Medina last … Continue reading “Kahu – a textbook salvage operation”
Even the best laid plans can go wrong so it is vital that they are tested, The emergency services in the Solent area have collaborated to produce an emergency response plan to deal with marine accidents that could arise in the port areas of Portsmouth and Southampton. By agreement with HM Coastguard the plan will … Continue reading Solfire emergency plan test on Thursday
Fascinating video published by @cowesofficial on twitter of this major fire in the Medina in which superyacht Kahu burned and sank Oil spill plans were put into effect.
Although we shall be losing the Coastguard station at Lee on Solent, the new National Marine Operations Centre to be based at Segensworth, near Fareham will offer fully modern facilities with the Solent area as one of its primary functions. Work has already started on installing, testing and commissioning the new systems on which modern … Continue reading Coastguard NMOC starts to take shape