SAR Convention, a maritime safety convention of International Maritime Organization, was aimed at developing an international SAR plan, so 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.

The SAR Convention covers coordinated search and rescue at sea, including the organisation of air-sea rescue services. The aim of the convention was to ensure agreed, standardised procedures for SAR around the world. It establishes SAR regions (SARR) to allow coastal states to coordinate SAR provision. This includes the establishment of 13 distinct SAR areas of the world’s oceans.

International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue 1979


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