Introduction

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has been tasked by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to conduct a survey of African Member States. The aim of the survey is to acquire a clear and up to date picture of the status of the Global Search and Rescue (SAR) Plan in Africa, State by State, so as to clarify priorities and identify focus regions for future IMO Technical Cooperation and IMRF work on developing SAR capability in the region.


Who We Are

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is a non-governmental organisation in consultative status at the IMO; a charity working to develop and improve maritime search and rescue around the world. For more information please see: www.international-maritime-rescue.org.
 

Aim and Objectives

The aim of this survey is to establish the availability, capability and readiness of maritime search and rescue services in your SAR Region so as to: 

help provide a clear picture of the status of the Global SAR Plan, State by State, and clarify priorities and identify focus regions for future IMO Technical Cooperation work on developing SAR capability;
provide a database on which future SAR development work can be based;
improve ratification of the SAR Convention (the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, 1979); and,
improve input to the GISIS Global SAR Plan module (https://gisis.imo.org).


The Survey

The survey is based on the basic requirements for a maritime search and rescue service as described in the SAR Convention, with some supplementary information requested to assist IMO in meeting the aims of the survey. The national SAR system self-assessment provided at Appendix H of the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual, Volume I, has been taken into account in compiling this survey.

Member States are requested to answer all questions in the survey if they can. If unsure of the meaning of a question, or of the information required, the Member State should contact the survey team for clarification. It is important that Member States complete this survey as far as possible, by providing the most up to date and accurate information to enable IMO to assess and prioritise where technical assistance and co-operation is required.

Member States are requested to complete the online survey at https://www.international-maritime-rescue.org/search-rescue-survey, or return the completed word/pdf version of the survey to operation@imrf.org.uk.
  

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