Updated edition of the Rescue at Sea Guide, issued by IMO, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

The IMO, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have jointly published an updated edition of the Rescue at Sea Guide addressing legal provisions and practical procedures regarding the care of refugees encountered at sea and their disembarkation in port. This leaflet is intended for Masters, ship owners, Government authorities, insurance…

Norman Atlantic ferry fire: Ten confirmed dead, 41 people unaccounted for as rescue operation wraps up on ferry burning in Adriatic (Updated as the story unfolds)

Originally posted on Maritime Cyprus:
? Passengers the stricken car ferry Norman Atlantic are helped from the container ship Spirit of Piraeus in Bari harbour, after being rescued on December 29, 2014. (Reuters: Yara Nardi) ? ? ? ? A person is lifted on an Italian navy helicopter as the car ferry Norman Atlantic burns in…

ICS issues guidelines for Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea

The challenges involved in rescuing large numbers of people In response to the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean, necessitating commercial ships to rescue tens of thousands of migrants and refugees during 2014, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published new free of charge “Guidance on Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea”. ICS Secretary General,…

Rescue of persons and refugees in distress at sea – Advices and suggested checklists

Due to the uncertain situation in the Middle East and Africa, record numbers of refugees have attempted to reach Europe and particularly Italy by sea in 2014.In light of this situation, the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA) has issued advices and provided suggested checklists for operations involving the rescue of persons and refugees in distress at…