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Just twenty five years have passed since the International Maritime Organization IMO provided the legal and internationally harmonized framework for maritime search and rescue operations.
While a number of nations only had to adapt their well-established national services it took great efforts for other nations to develop agencies able to fulfil or outstrip minimum requirements. However, the majority of nations well aware of the humanitarian nature of that task have been afraid to cope with this challenge and the related financial burdens since the benefits to local, regional, or even national economies are not always clear to the relevant national administrating authorities.
In most developing coastal nations the size of the number of lives lost at sea can have a severe impact not only for local communities but also for the prosperity of the political economy of a region or country. To overcome the deficiencies described so well by intergovernmental bodies such as the International Labour Organization ILO and the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO — which are specialized agencies of the United Nations — requires intensive and ongoing co-operation among all relevant specialized UN bodies.
Nonetheless, the effectiveness of their work depends almost entirely on the action taken by the Nations themselves. Responsible national administrating authorities must realize the benefits, opportunities and chances provided by well-established maritime search and rescue services able to provide effective assistance to those in distress at sea.
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International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR)
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This Convention establishes an international search and rescue SAR plan through the adoption of technical requirements, the division of SAR regions, operating procedures to be followed in the event of emergencies or alerts, the pooling of facilities amongst the Governments, establishment of common procedures, and training. It also establishes preparatory measures that should be taken, including the establishment of rescue coordination centres and subcentres. This instrument represents the only international agreement covering search and rescue operations at sea. It attempts to assure that no matter where an accident occurs, the rescue of persons in distress at the sea will be coordinated by a SAR organization and, when necessary, by cooperation between Governments. Governments are required to ensure that arrangements are made for the provision of adequate SAR services in their coastal waters, imposing considerable obligations on Governments. Amendments to the SAR Convention enter into force on a specified date unless objections are received from a required number of Governments. The amendments are the most significant ones, providing for greater emphasis on the regional approach and co-ordination between maritime and aeronautical SAR operations.
Search and Rescue at Sea: Do New Challenges Require New Rules?
Search and rescue SAR is the search for and provision of aid to people who are in distress or imminent danger. The general field of search and rescue includes many specialty sub-fields, typically determined by the type of terrain the search is conducted over. These include mountain rescue ; ground search and rescue, including the use of search and rescue dogs ; urban search and rescue in cities; combat search and rescue on the battlefield and air-sea rescue over water. There are many different definitions of search and rescue, depending on the agency involved and country in question.
This manual is for the use of all search and rescue practitioners. It is a controlled document and is the latest version of this manual. It should always be referred to as it contains the most up to date information. Search and Rescue SAR comprises the search for and provision of aid to persons who are, or are believed to be, in imminent danger of loss of life.
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Adoption: 27 April ; Entry into force: 22 June The Convention, adopted at a Conference in Hamburg, was aimed at developing an international SAR plan, so that, no matter where an accident occurs, the rescue of persons in distress at sea will be co-ordinated by a SAR organization and, when necessary, by co-operation between neighbouring SAR organizations. Although the obligation of ships to go to the assistance of vessels in distress was enshrined both in tradition and in international treaties such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea SOLAS , , there was, until the adoption of the SAR Convention, no international system covering search and rescue operations. In some areas there was a well-established organization able to provide assistance promptly and efficiently, in others there was nothing at all. Parties to the Convention are required to ensure that arrangements are made for the provision of adequate SAR services in their coastal waters.