IMO Pushes new SAR Initiatives

Improving search and rescue for shipping.

IMO Pushes Ahead with SAR Initiatives

By Wendy Laursen

The IMO’s sub-committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue held its third Session (NCSR3) from Monday 29 February through Friday March 4, and the meeting saw a push forward for important changes to search and rescue operations.

Of note was the discussion of SAR cooperation plans. The concept of SAR cooperation planning stems from the 1994 Estonia disaster. The ship sank in the Baltic Sea, and 852 people died. Investigators found that a lack of mutual understanding between passenger ships and the SAR services had hindered the response. SOLAS was subsequently amended to require the exchange of information and emergency response exercises. However, some administrative difficulties have emerged.

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