ENHANCED CONTINGENCY PLANNING GUIDANCE FOR PASSENGER SHIPS OPERATING IN AREAS REMOTE FROM SAR FACILITIES
1 InaccordancewiththerelevantprovisionsoftheSOLASandSARConventionsandthe ISM Code, contingency plans for passenger ships should be prepared for operating in areas consideredtoberemotefrom SARfacilities. Factorswhichmaymakeanarearemotefrom SAR services are set out in the Appendix and may include:
.1 the number of people potentially at risk as the result of an accidentinthearea;
.2 the total recovery capacity of SAR facilities available to reach the scene of the accidentandrecoverthoseatriskwithinsurvivaltimes(includingalladditional SAR facilities likely to be available,as well as designated SAR units); and
.3 whether there is any shortfall between the number to be recovered and the capacity of those SAR facilities available.
2 SARco-operationplanningarrangementsshouldbeenhancedforshipsoperatinginareas remote from SAR facilities (see Appendix), as follows:
.1 theCompanyshouldgivereasonablenoticeofthearrivalofitsshipintheremote area to the relevant RCC;
.2 ifnotalreadydoingso,theCompanyshouldarrangedirectexchangeoftheship's SAR co-operation plan withthe relevant SAR services;
.3 the relevant SAR services may request a copy of the relevant part of the Company's emergency plan, in addition to the basic SAR co-operation plan, in order to assist their owncontingency planning; and
.4 the Company should keep the RCC informed as to the ship's position and intentions while the shipis operatingin the remote area.
3 Therisksofremoteareaoperationshouldbeassessedandplannedfor. Thefollowing enhancements should be among those considered:
.1 voyage “pairing”,i.e.,mutualexchangeofinformationthatmaybeavailabletothe SAR Authority or the vessel operator with reference to other passenger ships operatinginthesamearea,sothat,iftwoormorepassengershipsareoperatingin thesamegeneralareaatthesametime,eachcanbeusedasaSARfacilityincase of accident to another;
.2 the carriage of enhancedlife-saving appliances;
.3 the provision ofadditional life-saving resources; and
.4 other sources of assistance that may be available in the area.