Information on «MSRS»
State Enterprise Maritime Search and Rescue Service (hereinafter MSRS) was established in order to secure compliance with international liabilities of Ukraine as a flag state and littoral state, as concerns the:
- organisation, operation and maintenance of a relevant efficient search and rescue service;
- creation of a national body to generally coordinate search and rescue and provide the full extent of measures toward the maritime search and rescue in the SAR area of Ukraine.
The purpose of the service: providing measures towards the establishment of maritime search and rescue, safety of the human life in the high sea in accordance with international instruments Ukraine is a Party of, namely:
- International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, 1979 (SAR);
- International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS);
- UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982 (UNCLOS);
- International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual IAMSAR);
- Agreement on Co-Operation Regarding Maritime Search and Rescue Services among Black Sea Coastal States and other international instruments concerning maritime search and rescue.
Maritime search and rescue area of Ukraine encompasses some 137,000 sq. km, amounting to about a quarter of the state’s inland.
Main task of MSRS – securing the continuous SAR preparedness for efficient rescue of human lives, rendering urgent medical aid, and evacuation to the safe places.