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Sunderland Maritime Heritage

Preserving shipyard skills and memorabilia for future generations.

Doxford Engine Friends Association

Working to preserve a historic Doxford marine engine and Doxford engine works’ past.

Tyne and Wear Archives Service

The public record office for Sunderland and Tyneside.

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Combining art gallery and museum visitor attractions - many with a maritime theme.

City Library and Arts Centre – Local Studies

Dedicated to the collection of local information, including local and family history.

Sunderland Antiquarian Society

Devoted to the history of the local community

Marine Activities Centre

Providing top-class marina facilities and access to outdoor watersports activities for all sections of the community.

Sunderland RNLI lifeboat station

Great Britain’s oldest and one of its busiest operational lifeboat stations.

Northumbria Police

Committed to 'Total Policing', reducing crime and disorder and building trust and confidence in communities.

Emergencies – If someone is in danger or a crime is taking place, tel: 999 or 112.
Non-emergencies – to report all other crimes or incidents, or for general information and advice, tel: 03456 043 043.

UK Border Agency

The UK Border Agency is responsible for securing the United Kingdom borders and controlling migration in the United Kingdom. This is achieved by managing border control and enforcing immigration and customs regulations.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Dedicated to saving life, reducing risk, providing humanitarian services and protecting the environment.

Fire and rescue emergencies, tel: 999 or 112.

North East Ambulance Service

Providing an accident and emergency service for patients requiring emergency or urgent medical help.

Medical emergencies, tel: 999 or 112.

NHS Direct

Offering a 24/7 national healthline telephone service, providing expert health advice, information and reassurance.

Tel: 0845 4647

Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

Committed to preventing loss of life, continuously improving maritime safety and protecting the marine environment, including the coordination of maritime search and rescue.

Local shored-based search and rescue is the responsibility of a team of volunteer Coastguard Rescue Service officers based at Monkwearmouth. Trained in a wide range of competencies, including cliff rescue, water rescue and search techniques, the unit provides 24/7 response to all types of maritime and coastal emergencies.

Maritime emergencies, tel: 999 or 112 or Marine VHF Distress, safety and calling channel 16.

Non-emergencies and enquiries: Humber Coastguard Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, tel: 012626 72317.

Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade (SVLB)

Formed in 1877, to assist in saving life from shipwreck by use of rocket apparatus and breeches buoy, Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade (SVLB) is now a declared search and rescue facility to HM Coastguard.

Affiliated to the National Coastwatch Institute (NCI), the Brigade's Coastwatch section monitors seaward approaches and littoral areas from its Roker Watch House for persons and vessels in difficulty.

Also housed at the Watch House is a fascinating museum, tracing the history of local wreck and rescue.

Environment Agency

Protecting and improving the environment through inspection and regulation and reacting in emergencies, such as floods and pollution incidents. Responsibilities include enforcement of salmon and freshwater fisheries legislation and combating illegal dumping of hazardous and industrial waste

Incident hotline: 0800 80 70 60

North Eastern Sea Fisheries Committee

Managing, regulating, developing and protecting local sea fisheries to ensure the sustainability of the marine environment, both now and in the future.

Tel: 01482 393690

Back on the Map

The New Deal for Communities programme for Hendon and the East End of Sunderland.

Stella Maris – Apostleship of the Sea

Apostleship of the Sea is a frontline international service (known to the world as Stella Maris) for the practical and pastoral care of seafarers of all denominations visiting British shores.

Port chaplains and volunteer ship visitors welcome seafarers, offer welfare services and advice, practical help, care and friendship, according to the organisation’s guiding principles of Mission, Solidarity, Welfare and Hospitality.

As a registered charity, Apostleship of the Sea relies wholly on voluntary contributions and is only able to continue its valuable work through generous donations from supporters and volunteers.

A ‘drop-in’ centre situated at West House on the west side of Hudson Dock (opposite Hudson Dock Boating and Yachting Association) provides a range of facilities for visiting mariners.

Opening times are 0830 - 1330 (Monday to Friday) and 0830 - 1200 (Saturday).

Contact details:
Tony McAvoy
Lay Port Chaplain
Tel: 0771 392 4504 (24 hours)

port of sunderland community links

port of sunderland community links