The International Maritime Organization (IMO) – the UN body for shipping, at which the IMRF has consultative status – publishes a great deal of material on all aspects of shipping safety, security and pollution prevention.
This includes conventions, regulations, resolutions and guidance relevant to SAR: the Maritime SAR Convention and the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual, for example.
Some of this material is published by the IMO for sale – and IMRF Members can benefit from a 20% discount on all such purchases: see the 'IMRF Bookshop'.
The IMO also publish a wealth of valuable free guidance contained in Circulars, downloadable from their website. But the problem has always been finding that information: you have to know where to look, and what you are looking for.
Now the IMRF is offering, as a new service to SAR organisations around the world, a library of the IMO's SAR materials, freely accessible on our own website.
We list all the relevant documents and we also provide downloadable copies of all the documents the IMO itself makes freely available, principally Circulars containing guidance on everything from recovering people from the water to smartphone SAR applications.
We have divided the material under various headings. There's a full list, and the IMO's publications catalogue, under the 'IMO Guidance List' button.
Visit the IMO Documents Website here.