a UK charity founded in 1994 to run Visual Watch Stations, often abandoned coastguard stations, to help keep British coastal waters safe. Volunteer NCI watchkeepers keep a constant guard on large stretches of the UK coastline and are an important part of the UK network for search and rescue (SAR) operations. They log all small boat traffic to assist in tracing any missing craft and provide local weather conditions to yachtsmen, tourist offices, and local radio stations. In 2004 there were 24 NCI stations in operation, with more being planned.
Subjects: Maritime History.