Maritime and Coastguard Agency is a UK executive agency working to prevent the
loss of lives at sea and is responsible for implementing British
and International maritime law and safety policy.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency's
This involves coordinating search and
rescue (SAR) at sea through Her Majesty's Coastguard (HMCG),
ensuring that ships meet international and UK safety
standards, monitoring and preventing coastal water pollution and testing and licensing
ships' officers and crew to STCW
The organisation is led by Peter Cardy
, its Chief Executive.
The MCA has three distinct "outward facing" elements - provision of
search and rescue
activity through Her Majesty's
, port and flag state control of shipping through a
network of Marine Offices and the development of international
standards and policy for shipping through the International Maritime
The MCA has now established an Automatic Identification
(AIS) network around the UK coast, for real-time
tracking and monitoring of shipping movements from the shore.
Its motto is "Safer Lives, Safer Ships, Cleaner