In September 2014, the new National Maritime Operations Centre opened in Fareham, representing the biggest step-change in maritime rescue co-ordination in decades. The centre enables Her Majesty’s Coastguard and 10 other Coastguard Operation Centres around the UK to work together to manage the workload. This means in a search and rescue incident there is a much bigger and better support network available nationally.
The focal point of the NMOC centre is a 20 x 55” NEC video wall installed by Feltech bringing together multiple data sources through command and control Hiperwall software offering state of the art mission critical monitoring.
The Hiperwall software is an intuitive and flexible solution, which can reposition multiple data types anywhere on the wall at anytime, as easily as moving and resizing the windows on an ordinary PC desktop.
Mark Rodaway from NMOC said:
“we now have a new centre that will be able to oversee and assist with operations around the whole of the UK, with a mix of experienced personnel alongside Maritime Operations Officers that have chosen to pursue an exciting career with the Coastguard.
47 Coastguards are now based at the new centre near Fareham. Once the new national network is complete by the end of 2015, there will be 96 Coastguards based at the centre.”
Matthew West, who has moved from Solent Coastguard to the NMOC, said: “Coastguards at the NMOC have been through an extensive training programme in the past few months, including live exercises with lifeboats and Coastguard Rescue Teams. It’s an exciting time for us, as we now have a new state-of-the-art operations centre where we can put our knowledge and skills to good use in coordinating search and rescue missions”.
Featured on this week’s Top Gear as part of a search and rescue special viewers were given the chance of a rare glimpse of the command centre in action.