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Virginia McVea appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

3 Mar 2023

Virginia McVea will become the new Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) on 3rd April 2023 on the previous MCA Chief Executive Brian Johnson’s retirement.  She will be overseeing the work of the agency as it responds to tens of thousands of incidents at sea every year, inspects thousands of UK-registered ships and protects over 11,000 miles of our coastline.

Her appointment comes at an important time for the MCA, as it continues working to ensure the UK is the world’s best-performing coastal state and takes a leading role in both the international and domestic maritime arenas.

She will also be responsible for:

  • helping to support the UK’s transition to zero emission shipping by 2050
  • supporting regulation updates
  • encouraging the uptake of new technologies
  • facilitating trials of new green innovations

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