Maritime search and rescue: Benefit or burden for society?

Just twenty five years have passed since the International Maritime Organization (IMO) provided the legal and internationally harmonized framework for maritime search and rescue operations. While a number of nations only had to adapt their well-established national services it took great efforts for other nations to develop agencies able to fulfil or outstrip minimum requirements. However, the majority of nations (well aware of the humanitarian nature of that task) have been afraid to cope with this challenge and the related financial burdens since the benefits to local, regional, or even national economies are not always clear to the relevant national administrating authorities.In most developing coastal nations the size of the number of lives lost at sea can have a severe impact not only for local communities but also for the prosperity of the political economy of a region or country.To overcome the deficiencies described so well by intergovernmental bodies such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) — which are specialized agencies of the United Nations — requires intensive and ongoing co-operation among all relevant specialized UN bodies. Nonetheless, the effectiveness of their work depends almost entirely on the action taken by the Nations themselves.Responsible national administrating authorities must realize the benefits, opportunities and chances provided by well-established maritime search and rescue services able to provide effective assistance to those in distress at sea.


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  • Accession Number: 01609147
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2016 9:18AM