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II960E - IAMSAR Manual: Volume I, 2016 Edition - English   IF961E - IAMSAR Manual: Volume II, 2016 Edition - English II962E - IAMSAR Manual: Volume III, 2016 Edition - English

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A revised edition of the IAMSAR Manual is published every three years: the next edition will become available in mid-2019. MSC Circular 1594 (MSC.1/Circ.1594) contains the amendments to the 2016 edition to be included in the 2019 edition.

I966E - Action cards: IAMSAR Manual, Volume III, 2016 - English   IA947E - A pocket guide to Recovery Techniques, 2014 Edition - English

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    The main text of this Pocket Guide is available in Circular MSC.1/Circ.1182/Rev.1

IMO Resolutions 

MSC.167(78) - Guidelines on the Treatment of Persons Rescued at Sea
MSC.346(91): Application of SOLAS Regulation III/17-1 to Ships to Which SOLAS Chapter III Does not Apply
See Circular MSC.1/Circ.1447
A.919(22) - Acceptance and Implementation of the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, 1979, as Amended 
A.920(22) - Review of Safety Measures and Procedures for the Treatment of Persons Rescued at Sea
A.949(23) - Guidelines on Places of Refuge for Ships in Need of Assistance
A.1093(29) - Special recognition for merchant vessels involved in the rescue of mixed migrants at sea

IMO Circulars

‘SAR.1’ Circulars report IMO Member Government accessions and successions to/from the SAR Convention. ‘SAR.6’ Circulars report agreements on SAR Regions. These Circulars are not on the IMRF website but may be obtained on request from [email protected]. The latest SAR.7 & SAR.8 Circulars are listed here. Other numbers in the ‘SAR’ series are not currently in use.

SAR.7-Circ.13 - List Of Documents And Publications Which Should Be Held By A Maritime Or Joint Rescue Coordination Centre
Note that this Circular is updated every two years: the next update will be published in 2019. The latest editions of the IMO documents and publications listed in the Circular are also included in this list.
SAR.8/Circ.4 - Availability of SAR Services
This is the last update on the status of the Global SAR Plan issued as a Circular. Users should now refer to the Global SAR Plan module of IMO’s Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS), available at www.imo.org. IMO Member Governments should keep this module up to date: see COMSAR.1./Circ.55
COMSAR.1/Circ.52 - Questionnaire on the Availability of SAR Services
COMSAR.1/Circ.55 - Guidance for Entering and Updating Information on SAR Services into GISIS and on How to Get Access to the Information for Operational Use
MSC.1/Circ.1594: Amendments to the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual – 25 May 2018