Auckland Marine Rescue Centre
The Auckland Marine Rescue Centre is the control centre for the Coastguard Northern Region and Surf Lifesaving Northern Region, New Zealand (responsible for the region from Paihia to Thames, including the Hauraki Gulf). It also houses other marine services such as the Harbourmaster and the Maritime Police. It is located in Mechanics Bay/Parnell, Auckland City, at the eastern end of the Ports of Auckland container terminal.
The facilities of the Auckland Marine Rescue Centre were built with a donation by the Auckland Harbour Board (now having become the commercial entity managing the Port of Auckland) and were first brought into operation in 1991. The operation of the centre is paid for by donations of its 11,000 volunteer members paying an annual NZ$95 subscription fee.
The circular centre building centre houses a marine communications centre, operational 24/7/365 and fields over 100,000 calls per year, from trip reports to emergency calls (dealing with around 1,600 actual incidents a year). These calls are mainly via VHF marine radio or cell phone. The radio room as well as the emergency craft of the Coastguard are largely manned by volunteers.
A heliport is also located directly next to the centre, with a hangar housing the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Directly attached to the north of the centre is a small artificial harbour sheltering the craft of the rescue, police, harbourmaster and customs services. Several meeting rooms for events and functions are also available, and often cater for education services such as water safety.
- Marine Rescue Centre (from the Coastguard Northern Region website. Retrieved 2007-10-29.)
- What does Coastguard Do (from the Coastguard Northern Region website. Retrieved 2007-10-29.)
- Membership (from the Coastguard Northern Region website. Retrieved 2009-01-14.)
- Auckland Marine Rescue Centre (from the 'm-net - ICT business news and information' website. Retrieved 2007-11-27.)