19th July 2022. Practice makes perfect, especially practising for the unexpected incidents our volunteer watchkeepers can get involved with.

Like the team at the National Coastwatch Institution station at Gwennap who take every chance to work collaboratively with their local stakeholders. Today they had the opportunity to assist with an emergency response exercise conducted by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group. The objective of the exercise was to practise the Steamship Group’s Shipping Emergency Response Plan.

The scenario was started by the NCI Gwennap duty watchkeeper reporting the erratic behaviour of a small vessel leading to the crew of the supply ship Gry Maritha responding to a planned scenario. The Gry Maritha is a supply ship operated by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group as a bulk freight transport from the United Kingdom mainland to the islands. A second part of the exercise saw the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group Shipping Incident Response Team being gathered. NCI Gwennap Head look forward to further opportunities of exercises with the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group.


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Currently almost 60 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Filey in North Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








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