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List of IMO Documents and Publications

This page lists all IMO documents and publications which are considered essential for use by Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres per COMSAR.

Australian National Search and Rescue Manual

The Australian National Search and Rescue Manual is the standard reference document for use by all Australian Search and Rescue (SAR) authorities. It is promulgated by the National SAR Council operating under direction from relevant Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers. The Manual promulgates SAR coordination procedures for SAR operations conducted within Australia and the Australian SAR region.

United Kingdom, Department of Transport, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Search and Rescue

Canadian National Search and Rescue Manual

Irish Coast Guard, Irish National Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) Framework

"Rescue at Sea:  A guide to principles and practices as applied to migrants and refugees"  (version 2015)

This leaflet has been prepared jointly by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  It is intended for masters, ship owners, government authorities, insurance companies, and other interested parties involved in rescue at sea situations.  It provides guidance on relevant legal provisions, and on practical procedures to ensure the prompt disembarkation of survivors of rescue operations, and measures to meet their specific needs, particularly in the case of refugees and asylum-seekers.

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International Manual for Aircraft Coordinator

This was developed by Denmark, Finland, and Sweden.

Guide for Cold Water Survival

The Maritime Safety Committee, at its ninety-first session (26 to 30 November 2012), taking into account the considerable medical progress which has been made in recent years, approved the revision of MSC.1/Circ.1185 on the Guide for cold water survival, prepared by the Sub-Committee on Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue, at its sixteenth session (12 to 16 March 2012), as set out in the annex.

Maritime SAR Regions

Graphical representation of the International Maritime Organization's maritime global SAR regions.

Search and Rescue Contacts

SAR contacts is a database of international search and rescue agencies and rescue coordination centres maintained by JRCC Halifax, Canadian Coast Guard. The database provides information to support search and rescue operations worldwide.

(NOTE: International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual (IAMSAR) NSARC has adopted the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual (IAMSAR) as the primary guidance for federal conduct of civil search and rescue.  The IAMSAR Manual is sponsored jointly by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).  It consists of a three volume set:  Volume I is Organization and Management; Volume II is Mission Co-ordination; & Volume III is Mobile Facilities)

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