For the coastguard station in Great Yarmouth, it's the end of an era. On Monday, it'll stop providing 24-hour cover.
It'll be manned during daytime hours only until the end of April, then it will close completely - a victim of cost-cutting measures.
But there are fears the loss of a local service could endanger lives.
There will still be coastguard teams but no local control point. For Peter Wheeler, an ops room officer at Yarmouth, that's a worry.
A number of coastguard stations are being axed. Walton on the Naze will go sometime in the next two years and with Yarmouth soon to close, the nearest stations will be Dover to the south and Humber at Bridlington in the north.
Few people know the sea better than Jimmy Buchan, who as skipper of Amity was one of the stars of the TV series Trawlermen.
He's been in Yarmouth for a conference about offshore energy and as someone who's relies on coastguards, told me of his concerns that some are being removed.
Having made these cuts, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has to convince us in the East that our waters will remain as safe as they were.