The research paper is an evaluation, appraisal and constructive criticism of the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual, Volume III (version 2008). The success of coming up with the paper relates to the completion of three practical lectures at the university of Plymouth simulator. In addition, also a deep investigation assisted in supporting the material of this paper. The practical section of the research involved dividing the class into six groups of three people, and each group leads a ship to work on specified search and rescue scenario. These scenarios signified the real life scenarios, where each ship had her own characteristics and capabilities.
The aims of this paper were to appraise the effectiveness of IAMSAR manual as a guide for the navigators of a marine vessel participating in search and rescue action for the first time who also took on the role of on-scene co-ordinators.
• To appraise the benefits of using the IAMSAR Manual in the search and rescue actions. • To analyze the pros and recommendations of the use of the IAMSAR Manual literally. • To provide self opinion about the IAMSAR Manual in general.
1.3 Literature Review:
1.3.1 The International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue
The International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual is part of the International Maritime Organization. IAMSAR has presented three volumes of this book. The first is The Organization and Management volume (Volume I), which is about the properties of the SAR Convention system in several areas like economical SAR services and co-operation with neighboring states. The second is The Mission Co-ordination volume (Volume II), which assists users in organizing and planning the SAR missions and exercises. The Mobile Facilities volume (Volume III) is the third version, which provides guidance to rescue and search.
1.3.2 The Mobile Facilities volume (Volume III)
The Mobile Facilities volume (Volume III) manual 2010 version provides guidance to coordinators and other personnel involved in the search and rescue actions. The manual has useful diagrams in order to facilitate the usage. This edition of the manual incorporates 7 previous editions, and it took effect on 1st of June 2008. This was after the agreement between the International Maritime Organization and the Civil Aviation Organization. Moreover, this volume has four sections and they are:
2- Rendering Assistance
3- On-Scene Co-ordination.
4- On-Board Emergencies.
Moreover, the manual has five Appendices:
• Appendix A: Regulation V/33 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended. • Appendix B: Search Action Message.
• Appendix C: Factors Affecting Observer Effectiveness. • Appendix D: Standard Format for Search and Rescue Situation Report (SITREP). • Appendix E: SAR Briefing and Debriefing Form (IMO & ICAO, 2008).
1.3.3 IAMSAR purpose
The main target of all the three volumes of IAMSAR Manuals is to draw guidelines in the search and rescue operations. The manuals are available for use by anyone around the world. The manuals are accepted by the International Civil Aviation and the international convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which is part of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Since IMO accepted the guideline, any country that signed under IMO can use the manual. Therefore, the manuals united the methodology of the search and rescue actions (IMO & ICAO, 2008). The photo below shows how the manual assists in the coordination of navy and aircraft during rescue operations. .
Picture 1 Co-operation between aircraft and navy vessel in search and rescue operation (Maritime knowledge, 2010). 2.0 Apprising the IAMSAR III
2.1 Abbreviations, Acronyms and Glossary
The presence of these sections provide every person with the...