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Passenger Vessel Safety Program


AMVER, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With Amver, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.

6-Step Process for Evacuee Accountability, Care, and Processing

Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Search & Rescue - MRO, U.S. and International

Emergency Radio Procedures

Evacuee Handling - Reception Center Job Aid 


Guidance for "Good Samaritan" vessel assisting in maritime search and rescue

Helo Medivac Checklist

Mass Rescue & Unified Command Recommended Response Priorities, Objectives and Tasks

Mass Rescue ICS 201 - Sample. Mass Rescue Operations Ashore

Mass Rescue Multi-Agency Quick Start Guide for Passenger Vessel Emergencies

Mass Rescue Communications Best Practices

Mass Rescue IMO Planning Guidance

Maritime Mass Rescue Planning - A Quick Reference Guide

Mass Rescue Evacuee Accountability Guide - Managing Accountability of Recovered Persons

Mass Rescue Good Samaritan Vessel Management Guide

Mass Rescue Good Samaritan Search and Rescue Units - Article

Mass Rescue Landing Site Checklist - Landing Site Checklist

Mass Rescue Landing Site - Shore Side Job Aid for agencies

Mass Rescue Plan Example - Community / Maritime MRO Plan

Mass Rescue Exercise Core Components

10 MRO Operational Realities - Article

Mass Rescue Reception Center Job Aid - Shore Side Job Aid to Receive Survivors

Canadian Coast Guard -  Marine Disaster Scene Management

MSC Circ. 1079 Guidelines for Preparing SAR Plans


MSC COMSAR/Circular 31 - Guidance for Mass Rescue Operations

Voyage Plan  - Complete the  plan before voyage. Leave it with a reliable person who can be depended upon to notify the Coast Guard or other rescue organization, should you not return as scheduled. Do Not file this plan with the Coast Guard.

Arctic Zone Comms Drill

MRO Operational Objectives

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