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Coast guard functions

For the purposes of the Handbook, coast guard functions (CGFs) are understood as those commonly referred to by the three agencies.

The list was originally generated by the European Coast Guard Functions Forum (ECGFF) as follows (in no order of priority):

  1. maritime safety, including vessel traffic management;
  2. ship casualty and maritime assistance service;
  3. fisheries inspection and control;
  4. maritime border control;
  5. maritime environmental protection and response;
  6. prevention and suppression of trafficking and smuggling and connected maritime law enforcement;
  7. maritime search and rescue;
  8. maritime monitoring and surveillance;
  9. maritime customs activities;
  10. maritime accident and disaster response;
  11. maritime, ship and port security.