SOLAS chapter V
Safety of Navigation requires ships to carry an up-to-date copy of Volume III
of the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual.
Jointly published by IMO and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the three-volume IAMSAR Manual provides guidelines for a common aviation and maritime approach to organizing and providing search and rescue (SAR) services. Each volume (available separately in loose-leaf form, binder included) can be used as a standalone document or, in conjunction with the other two volumes, as a means to attain a full view of the SAR system.
The IAMSAR manual is divided into three vlumes: