New rules to require all ships to have person recovery plans

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New requirements under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea to require all ships to have plans and procedures to recover persons from the water are among a set of amendments entered into force on July 1.

The amendments, adopted in 2012, were developed as part of the International Maritime Organization’s work on large passenger ship safety and are aimed at ensuring all ships have the capability to effectively serve as a rescue asset and have the right equipment to be able to rescue persons from the water and from survival craft, in the event of an incident.

This new requirement is intended to enhance safety at sea and also to provide support to search and rescue coordinators in all types of rescue operations and, particularly, in those situations where there is insufficient dedicated search and rescue capacity or access to helicopters and specialized rescue craft is limited.

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