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Old 13th April 2018, 11:46
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Originally Posted by Allend View Post
Which organisation is it that oversees the International Convention For The Safety Of Life at Sea? And where are they based? Thanks.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) ia a part of the United Nations. The Headquarters is in London.
The IMO formulates various conventions, of which SOLAS, COLREGS and MARPOL are probably best known.
The majority of Maritime Nations are signatories to these conventions.
Responsibility for enforcement lies with either the Flag State of the ship or ships on the high seas and/or The appropriate maritime organisation in territorial waters.
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Old 13th April 2018, 12:03
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Distress Message Response

In the days when ships carried Radio Officers (What were they? - Look in your history books!) on hearing a Distress Message (SOS) the RO was obliged to log the message and acknowledge it immediately - note "Acknowledge" not Reply. Acknowledgement could only be briefly delayed to allow vessels apparently closer to the scene to acknowledge first. The RO also immediately advised the Master of his ship and then made such reply as the Master should order. Thus, if done properly, there was a public record of the Distress Call. As an RO I participated in several such operations, mostly I am glad to say, without the calamitous results some members have reported. The only exception was in the case of the loss of the Munchen when we were obliged to report that we would assist once we had repaired our own storm damage. Regrettably we were in any case too far away and the disaster too comprehensive for anyone to assist. It was a very great storm.

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Old 14th April 2018, 17:31
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One thing that I really like about mariners and aviators : If someone needs help, they do what they can and don't count the cost. Fishermen are competing with each other, but that is forgotten if someone is in trouble. There are exceptions of course. Near here, one fisherman demanded compensation for his loss of earnings in helping someone else, only to need help himself a year later.
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