Exercise with both Calshot Lifeboats today

Both boats ready for launch.

RNLI Calshot working with us this morning on a search and rescue exercise.

rnli exercise

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Hampshire Police Marine Unit presentation

An excellent presentation was given yesterday evening to NCI watchkeepers from Calshot, Lee and Gosport by PC Matt Gransden & Andy Hewitt of Hampshire Police Marine unit,  Special thanks to the Ordnance Survey who hosted the event free of charge .

The lecture provided a very useful insight of the Marine unit and an update on project Kraken which since become a national initiative.


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Follow the action from the comfort of your home…

Want to know when Calshot Lifeboat has been launched by HM Coastguard?  
Click here to install the handy free desktop pager program from the RNLI….
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Hampshire Police recover £60K Stolen Boat

Click here for informatoon about project Kraken

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Advice from the MCA to dog owners…



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“The Future of Global Navigation Satellite Systems – GNSS”

Free of charge lecture, prior booking not required – guests welcome, some  Calshot NCI watchkeepers will be attending, please add a comment to the blog if you can car share or need a lift. 

The Future of GNSS – Professor Terry Moore – Vice President of the Royal Institute of Navigation

19:00 to 21:00 – Thursday 21st April 2016

Warsash Maritime Academy, Newtown Road, Warsash, SO31 9ZL

This is a joint meeting with The Nautical Institute and UK Hydro Socy South “The Future of Global Navigation Satellite Systems – GNSS”.  For many years the only operational satellite system has been the United States GPS and it has become the accepted as the global standard and forms part of our daily lives. However, these days it is more appropriate to talk about GNSS, because GPS has been joined by Russian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese and now, European systems.

Professor Moore will review the current status of GPS and its proposed modernisation with an emphasis being placed on the impact and benefits of the developments and new signals will bring to users, be they at sea, on land or in the air. In a similar manner he will describe the Russian GLONASS and other systems with consideration of the international efforts being directed towards their interoperability.

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Micki Brant

I am very sorry to have to let you know that our dear friend and colleague, Micki Brant, passed away last night.

She had been admitted into Oakhaven Hospice on Thursday with the expectation that she would be going home shortly, after some living arrangements had been changed. Sadly this was not to be….but at least she was made comfortable and pain free for a couple of days.

I am sure that all of you will have known Micki in some way or another, suffice to say that she was with us on day one at Calshot Tower, working towards creating one of the best stations within the NCI organisation, and she continued positively in so many ways during the serious illness that beset her. Only last week she was still communicating with prospective new members and true to her character she handed over the admin and quartermaster  posts in a professional way just a few days ago..

We will never forget her.


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Hoegh Osaka update

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch report about the Hoegh Osaka  incident on 3 January 2014 has now been released.


Link to official report:


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There are cameras.. then there are cameras…


Not strictly a ‘marine matter’ but still of interest…

for some time now we’ve discussed the possibility of setting up safety cameras at the tower.   One of the features could be a live monitor the public would be able to access over the internet to gain a visual interpretation of the current sea state and conditions, another could be to provide a visual record log that could be referred back to.

Whilst there are plenty of inexpensive domestic CCTV systems on the market we’ve done a fair bit of research and thought you might like to see the difference between a domestic camera system from Maplin or CostCo compared to a professional camera system.   Although these cameras are almost double the price the results speak for themselves……

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Calshot Watchkeepers man London Boatshow stand


Look who we spotted on page 49 of the New Forest Society Magazine (March 2016 edition). Calshot Watch keeps Deirdre Blore, Phil Bridges & Steve Collins manning the NCI stand at the London Boat show

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