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Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre

The Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (Chinese: 香港海事救援協調中心, HKMRCC) is responsible for coordinating air-sea rescue in Hong Kong and an extensive area of the South China Sea. Besides the territorial waters of Hong Kong, the area includes international waters lying to the north of latitude 10° north, to the west of longitude 120° east, and bounded by mainland China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Taiwan. The area covered is known as the Hong Kong Maritime Search and Rescue Region.[1]

Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre
Co-ordinating body overview
JurisdictionHong Kong Maritime Search and Rescue Region
HeadquartersMarine Department, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong
MottoWe are One in Promoting Excellence in Marine Services
Minister responsible
  • Maisie Cheng, Director of Marine
Parent departmentHong Kong Marine Department
WebsiteOfficial website
Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre
Traditional Chinese香港海事救援協調中心

The MRCC is a co-ordination centre and neither possesses nor has direct command over search and rescue (SAR) resources. Its role is to co-ordinate all available SAR resources to perform a maritime search and rescue mission. In doing this it may call on the resources of:[1][2]

For administrative purposes, the MRCC forms part of the Hong Kong Marine Department.


  1. ^ a b "Functions of the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre". The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  2. ^ "On the high seas around Hong Kong". Jane's Law Enforcement. IHS (Global) Limited. 2 December 1998. Archived from the original on 1 March 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2009.

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