Liberia regional search and rescue centre cements another link in African SAR chain


A vital part of the plan to provide effective search and rescue (SAR) coverage off the coast of Africa has been completed with the commissioning last week (23 April 2009) of a fully-equipped regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Monrovia, Liberia – the fourth such commissioning in the past three years, following the inauguration of MRCCs in Mombasa, Kenya (May 2006), Cape Town, South Africa (January 2007) and Lagos, Nigeria (May 2008)

The Monrovia MRCC covers five countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone). Its commissioning followed the formal signing, in November 2007, of a Multilateral Agreement between the Governments of those countries, on the coordination of maritime SAR services in areas adjacent to their coasts.

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