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Digitization is at the heart of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s business plan, the division of the Department for Transport (DfT) says in its business plan 2022-2023, published on May 24, 2022.
HM Coastguard, which turns 200 in 2022 and is part of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, will, for the first time, get a public website with messaging and safety information. The website is part of the results of the business plans to be achieved by March 2023. At the same time, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency plans to introduce a new digitized process for the certification of seafarers.
“We are investing in modern infrastructure and the latest technology to support our search and rescue and pollution response capability,” said Maritime and Coastguard Agency Chairman Christopher Rodrigues CBE.
Technology spending is expected to increase to £16.2m in the 2022 to 2023 business plan, from £15.6m in the previous business plan. Maritime Agency and Coast Guard expenditure is a planned result (the total projected balance remaining at the end of the financial year, with income and capital, reported separately).
As part of search and rescue investments, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency will award contracts for drones as well as traditional aviation, including airplanes and helicopters.
In January 2021, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency awarded a contract to upgrade its fibre-based network connection to its 165 remote radio sites across the UK.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is an executive body of the Department of Transport and is responsible for shipping, safety standards, environmental protection and coastal emergency response.