In 1973, a major reorganization of the Swedish coast radio station network was started, closing the smaller MF only stations and concentrating services on the remaining three stations, which were also the Maritime Rescue Coordination centres (MRCC, Gothenburg Radio in the west, Stockholm Radio in the east and Harnosand Radio in the north.
In the 70's and 80's there was massif investment in Gothenburg Radio turning the station into one of the most modern and sophisticated coast station systems. It became particularly well known for the "Maritex" automatic telex system which was a world leader and remains highly thought of.
The first years of the 1990's brought completely unexpected changes. Until then it would have been considered quite safe to bet money that Gothenburg Radio, on the basis of the massive investments made in the 1970's and 80's, would be last remaining coast station in Sweden.
The changes started with an indication by the Swedish
Marine Administration that they saw no further need for
Harnosand Radio as an MRCC. The coast station management
therefore launched a crash project to remote control
Harnosand from Stockholm Radio, which became effective on
31st March 1993, followed by a further project to
redesign and upgrade the two
Today the Gothenburg MRCC is operated and staffed by the Maritime Administration and, although not co-located with any coast station, it shares the same systems architecture and radio network. The Gothenburg MRCC has several operating positions connected to the coast station control system by means of a fibre-optic data and telephony trunk.