7 - Search and Rescue Services
Governments to provide Search and Rescue services and make available
the information relating to them.
ships must have a prepared plan on board for co-operation with
Contracting Government undertakes to ensure that necessary
arrangements are made for distress communication and co-ordination
in their area of responsibility and for the rescue of persons
in distress at sea around its coasts. These arrangements shall
include the establishment, operation and maintenance of such
search and rescue facilities as are deemed practicable and
necessary, having regard to the density of the seagoing traffic
and the navigational dangers and shall, so far as possible,
provide adequate means of locating and rescuing such persons.*
Contracting Government undertakes to make available information
to the Organization concerning its existing search and rescue
facilities and the plans for changes therein, if any.
ships to which chapter I applies shall have on board a plan
for co-operation with appropriate search and rescue services
in the event of an emergency. The plan shall be developed
in co-operation between the ship, the company, as defined
in regulation IX/1 and the search and rescue services. The
plan shall include provisions for periodic exercises to be
undertaken to test its effectiveness. The plan shall be developed
based on the guidelines developed by the Organization.
Refer to the International Convention on Maritime Search
and Rescue (SAR), 1979 and the following resolutions adopted
by the Organization:
capability of search and rescue (SAR) aircraft (Resolution
Use of radar transponders for search and rescue purposes
Search and rescue homing capability (Resolution A.616(15));
International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue
(IAMSAR) Manual (Resolution A.894(21)).
Paragraphs 1 and 2 address Contracting Governments, requiring
them to establish SAR systems covering their area of responsibility.
Reference should be made to the International Convention on
Maritime Search and Rescue, 1979 as amended.
maritime Search and Rescue is co-ordinated by HM Coastguard
within the UK Search and Rescue Region (UKSRR), which maintains
a continuous distress watch on international distress frequencies,
digital selective calling and satellite communications. HM
Coastguard collates and broadcasts maritime safety information
on VHF and MF radio and NAVTEX. Radio medical advice and assistance
is provided through 18 Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres
3 requires Passenger ships to which chapter I applies (i.e.
all passenger ships engaged on international voyages, "SOLAS
I" ships,) to have a plan for cooperation with appropriate
search and rescue services in event of an emergency. The
plan must be drawn up in cooperation between the ship, the
company and the SAR services, following the IMO Guidelines
laid out in MSC Circular 1079 for Preparing Plans for Cooperation
between Search and Rescue Services and Passenger Ships (in
accordance with SOLAS Regulation V/7.3) Provision for periodic
exercises must be incorporated within the plan.
UK Passenger Ships are required to comply with the requirements
of SOLAS V/7.3. Full details of the requirements for SAR
Cooperation Plans on UK Passenger ships and how they are
to be implemented are contained in MSN
1783 - Arrangements for the Carriage of Agreed Search and
Rescue Co-operation Plans aboard UK Passenger Vessels,
which includes the full text of IMO MSC Circ. 1079 (Annex