Non-mandatory Instruments

A.530(13) Use of radar transponders for search and rescue purposes
A.615(15) Radar beacons and transponders
A.696(17) Type approval of satellite Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) operating in the COSPAS-SARSAT system
A.763(18) Performance standards for float-free satellite Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) operating on 406 MHz
A.802(19) Performance standards for survival craft radar transponders for use in search and rescue operations, as amended by MSC.247(83)
A.810(19) Performance standards for float-free satellite Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) operating on 406 MHz, as amended by MSC.56(66) and MSC.120(74)
MSC.1/Circ.1039/Rev.1 Guidelines for shore-based maintenance of satellite EPIRBs
MSC.1/Circ.1040/Rev.1 Guidelines on annual testing of emergency position-indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs)
MSC.1/Circ.1210/Rev.1 COSPAS-SARSAT International 406 MHz Beacon Registration Database
MSC.1/Circ.1365 Commercially available locating, tracking and emergency notification devices
MSC.246(83) Performance standards for AIS search and rescue transmitters (AIS-SART) for use in search and rescue operations
MSC/Circ.660 Proper use of lanyards attached to satellite EPIRBs

IUU Fishing
SAR.8/Circ.4 Availability of search and rescue (SAR) services
Search and rescue in general
A.203(VII) Recommendation on the conclusion of agreements and arrangements between States on the question of access and employment of foreign seaborne salvage equipment in territorial waters
A.487(XII) Participation in the AMVER system
A.856(20) Guidance to Administrations on development of a shore based SAR telecommunication infrastructure
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
COMSAR.1/Circ.55 Guidance for entering and updating information on search and rescue services into GISIS and on how to get access to the information for operational use
COMSAR.1/Circ.56 Guidance on smartphone and other computer device SAR applications
COMSAR.1/Circ.59 Interim Guidance for search and rescue services regarding implementation of autonomous distress tracking (ADT) of aircraft in flight
COMSAR/Circ.22 Guidance on data fields for SAR databases
COMSAR/Circ.23 Guidance for central alerting posts (CAPs)
COMSAR/Circ.31 Guidance for Mass Rescue Operations
FAL.3/Circ.194 Principles relating to administrative procedures for disembarking persons rescued at sea
FAL.6/Circ.13 Facilitation in avoiding safety threatening conditions
MSC.1/Circ.1182/Rev.1 Guide to recovery techniques
MSC.1/Circ.1186 Guidelines on training of SAR service personnel working in major incidents
MSC.1/Circ.1248 Minimizing delays in search and rescue response to distress alerts
MSC.1/Circ.1308 Guidance to search and rescue services in relation to requesting and receiving LRIT information
MSC.1/Circ.1413 Basic Safety Guidance for yacht races or oceanic voyages by non regulated craft
MSC.1/Circ.1594 Amendments to the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual
MSC.1/Circ.1640 Amendments to the IAMSAR Manual
MSC.167(78) Guidelines on the treatment of persons rescued at sea
MSC/Circ.1129 Guidance on the establishment of medical and sanitation-related programmes for passenger ships
MSC/Circ.538 Information on AMVER service
SAR.7/Circ.14 List of documents and publications which should be held by a maritime or joint rescue coordination centre
SAR Authorities and MRCC
COMSAR.1/Circ.37/Rev.1 Guidance on Minimum Communication Needs of Maritime Rescue Co‑ordination Centres (MRCCs)
COMSAR/Circ.3 Relations between NAVAREA Coordinators and Rescue Coordination Centres
MSC.1/Circ.1183 Guidelines on the provision of external support as an aid to incident containment for SAR Authorities and others concerned
MSC/Circ.1073 Directives for maritime rescue co-ordination centres (MRCCs) on acts of violence against ships
Sar service and IAMSAR MANUAL
A.894(21) International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual, as amended by MSC/Circ.999, MSC/Circ.1044, MSC/Circ.1080, MSC/Circ.1124, MSC/Circ.1173, MSC.1/Circ.1181, MSC.1/Circ.1249, MSC.1/Circ.1289, MSC.1/Circ.1311, MSC.1/Circ.1367, MSC.1/Circ.1415 and MSC.1/Circ.1513
COMSAR.1/Circ.52 Questionnaire on the availability of Search And Rescue (SAR) services
COMSAR.1/Circ.57 Guidance on the use of the graph at figure N.14, as contained in appendix N of IAMSAR Manual, Volume I
MSC/Circ.1079/Rev.1 Guidelines for preparing plans for cooperation between search and rescue services and passenger ships (in accordance with SOLAS regulation V/7.3)