The 5th Pacific Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) workshop was held in Suva, Fiji, from 3 to 7 June 2013. The seminar was organized in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and was funded by IMO and SPC.
The regional workshop was designed to provide an opportunity for national SAR authorities in the Pacific Island region and interested government and non-governmental organizations to share best practices, enhance understanding of regional SAR issues and promote co-operation approaches for the achievement of a safer Pacific maritime environment, resulting in a positive impact on commerce, recreation, tourism and economic development.
Following the deliberations, the workshop resulted in nine main outcomes focusing on:
- SAR legislation;
- Boating safety education and legislation;
- SAR training and national capacity-building;
- SAR plans;
- Regional SAR technical arrangements for co-operation;
- Inter-agency co-operation;
- Aviation and maritime synergies;
- New emerging SAR concepts, technologies and relevant documents;
- Data collection and analysis; and
- Voyage reporting.
In pursuance of an IMO/ICAO harmonized approach to SAR services in the region, the seminar was attended by 70 participants, who included administrators, coordinators and responders from the national SAR authorities (both maritime and aviation) responsible for SAR activities from Pacific Islands Countries and Territories. The participants were from Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshal Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States and Vanuatu, as well as a representative from the International Maritime Rescue Federation.