Head of Unit: Angela Carrington
Tel: 07903 269 619
About the Unit
Established in 2012, the Northumbria Unit of the MVS operate predominantly on the Tyne but also support our Port Authorities at Port of Sunderland and Port of Blyth. We are based at St Peters Marina in the Ouseburn area near Newcastle City Centre and carry out patrol duties for the Port of Tyne when requested and also support events on our rivers in the region. We have featured heavily as part of the multi-agency afloat water team at both Tall Ships Blyth and Tall Ships Sunderland and are on hand to assist with any planned activities or civil contingency matters on our waterways.
We operate a patrol vessel, berthed in St Peters, and a 4.5m Humber RIB which can be deployed on our rivers and ports in the region. We have a strong emphasis on keeping maritime skills alive in our region and as such spend our weekly meetings spending time training and up-skilling our members in all things nautical. Our members range from ex Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, RNXS and those without any prior boating experience.
In addition to our river-support and training work, we have established an annual flotilla on the Tyne for Remembrance Sunday. Each year, vessels representing Fire & Rescue, NE Maritime Trust, Police and other rescue agencies join us to lay a wreath in the river between the Millenium and Tyne Bridges. Many spectators come to pay their respects at our unique Maritime dedication each year.
We are currently recruiting for more members and welcome applications from any adult over 18, with or without maritime experience.