and Coastguard Agency ( MCA ) - Responsible
for pollution from shipping and offshore installations
the Maritime and Coastguard Agency ( MCA )
are an island nation and 97% of the United Kingdom’s trade
by weight is by sea, and there can be no doubt that shipping is
vital to the UK economy. Our fishermen and fishing communities also
rely on the sea for their livelihood, and many of us use beaches
and the coast for leisure and sport. We have 11,072 miles of coastline.
Maritime and Coastguard Agency is responsible throughout the United
Kingdom for implementing the Government’s maritime safety
policy. That includes co-ordinating search and rescue at sea through
Her Majesty’s Coastguard, and checking that ships meet UK
and international safety rules. They work to prevent the loss of
lives at the coast and at sea, to ensure that ships are safe, and
to prevent coastal pollution Safer Lives, Safer Ships, Cleaner Seas.
Agency are putting increasing effort into prevention work and a
measure of their success is when accidents do not happen, or where
they intervene to minimise their impact.
What the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Do:
The European Commission offers funding to enable countries
close to being ready for, or who have just gained membership of
the European Union to enter into twinning partnerships with Member
States. Countries seeking accession have to harmonise a number of
areas of government and legislation (eg justice, health, law enforcement,
competition, transport, education etc) with EC legislation.
The MCA funds its own research programme which is driven by
the objectives and Ministerial Targets set out in the Business Plan
and Forward Look.
are committed to implementing the UK Government’s Sustainable
Development Strategy targets for the Government Estate.