Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Category: Arm's Length Body (includes Executive Agencies, Non-Departmental Public Bodies, Trading Funds and NHS bodies)
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) works to prevent the loss of life on the coasts and at sea, and implements the government's maritime safety policy in the UK. The Coastguard provides a 24 hour maritime search and rescue service around the UK coast. MCA inspects ships to ensure they meet safety rules, certifies seafarers, registers vessels and is responsible for coordinating responses to pollution from shipping and offshore installations.
MCA is an executive agency of the Department for Transport