Contact Details

RMRCC-Monrovia

Landline (+231) 777-092229 
Mobile: (+231) 777-290158
INMARSAT Voice: 772222715/ 772222716 
INMARSAT Text/Data:   460173111/ 460199019 
E-mail: [email protected]
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Contacts

Permanent Secretariat West Africa Regional Maritime SAR Region

Josiah Omasco Botoe, VI
Ag. Technical Supervisor, MRCC Monrovia

Telephone  +231886284317
Mobile: +231777084777
E-mail: [email protected]

Sebastian Farr
Director - Division of Monitoring, Surveillance & Rescue
Liberia Maritime Authority

E-Mail:  [email protected]
Mobile: +231-886-517489

Roger M. Teah

Administrative Supervisor - Division of Monitoring, Surveillance & Rescue

E-Mail:  [email protected]
Mobile: +231-886-971288

About RMRCC-Monrovia

Background

The Government of Liberia, in compliance with the global SAR plan, created the national legal basis for hosting one of five regional MRCCs when it enacted 'the National Maritime Search and Rescue Center' in 2008. On 23 April 2009, the Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Center-Monrovia (RMRCC-Monrovia) became the fourth regional Center in Africa to be inaugurated by Honorable Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, IMO Secretary General emeritus, following RMRCC-Mombasa (in 2006), RMRCC-Cape Town (2007) and RMRCC-Lagos (2008).

The Liberia Maritime Authority, through its Department of Monitoring, Surveillance & Rescue (DMSR), is the national responsible authority for maritime SAR and surveillance activities.

RMRCC-Monrovia, the heart of DMSR's operations, covers the whole region encompassing the territorial waters of Liberia and her four neighboring countries as of the signing of the November 2007 Multilateral Agreement between the respective governments of Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

This fills a sizable coverage gap in the middle Atlantic Ocean, an area in which many ships of all nations regularly transit, thereby giving the center a vital part to play in the larger scheme of providing effective Search and Rescue coverage on the West Coast of Africa.

The key statutory roles of RMRCC-Monrovia, which is jointly operated by the Liberia Maritime Authority and the Liberia Coast Guard, as outlined in the "Act creating the National Maritime Search and Rescue Center of Liberia" are to:

•  Enter into agreements and coordinate its activities with any local, regional or international entity in the development of and implementation of search and rescue policies, procedures, and search and rescue activities.
•  Utilise its resources, including communications equipment, any personnel, watercraft, aircraft with respect to maritime search and rescue operations outside the territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of Liberia if invited by a neighboring state or other state party or competent authority.
Grant immediate entry upon request into the territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of Liberia solely for the purpose of conducting maritime search and rescue operations.

RMRCC-Monrovia has the primary responsibility for the expeditious coordination and oversight of all regional maritime search and rescue activities within the region's delineated maritime SAR area.

It also serves as a national communication hub for maritime surveillance and the similar coordination of marine oil spill response.


About Liberia

Liberia (/lˈbɪəriə/ (About this soundlisten)), officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country on the West African coast. It is bordered by Sierra Leone to its west, Guinea to its north and Ivory Coast to its east, the Atlantic Ocean to its south. It covers an area of 111,369 square kilometers (43,000 sq mi) and has a population of around 4,700,000 people.[7] English is the official language and over 20 indigenous languages are spoken, representing the numerous ethnic groups who make up more than 95% of the population. The country's capital and largest city is Monrovia.

Liberia began as a settlement of the American Colonization Society (ACS), who believed black people would face better chances for freedom and prosperity in Africa than in the United States.[8]The country declared its independence on July 26, 1847. The U.S. did not recognize Liberia's independence until February 5, 1862, during the American Civil War. Between January 7, 1822, and the American Civil War, more than 15,000 freed and free-born black people who faced legislated limits in the U.S., and 3,198 Afro-Caribbeans, relocated to the settlement.[9] The black settlers carried their culture and tradition with them to Liberia. The Liberian constitution and flag were modeled after those of the U.S. On January 3, 1848, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, a wealthy, free-born African American from Virginia who settled in Liberia, was elected as Liberia's first president after the people proclaimed independence.[9]

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