Jointly published by IMO and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the three-volume International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual provides guidelines for a common aviation and maritime approach to organizing and providing search and rescue (SAR) services. Each volume can be used as a stand-alone for conjunction with other volumes.
Mobile Facilities (volume III) is intended to be carried on board rescue units, aircraft and vessels to help with performance of a search, rescue or on-scene coordinator function and with aspects of SAR that pertain to their own emergencies.
It also includes Action Cards on: Basic communications plan structure; On-scene coordination; Recovery of people in the water; Man overboard; MEDEVAC by helicopter; and MEDICO-MEDEVAC Medical assistance or evacuation.
The 2022 edition incorporates amendments adopted by ICAO and approved by the IMO Maritime Safety Committee. The 2021 amendments enter into force on 1 June 2022.
SOLAS Hoofdstuk V Artikel 21 lid 2:
"Alle schepen moeten een actueel exemplaar van Volume III van de International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual aan boord hebben."
De pleziervaart kan volstaan met de speciale versie die is opgenomen in de Reeds Nautical Almanac.