= International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR or Hamburg Convention)

It was adopted under IMO auspices on 27th April 1979 and entered into force on 22nd June 1985. It has 111 State Parties and its purpose is not only to enable cooperation and coordination of State actions in terms of rescue at sea but also to “encourage cooperation between search and rescue organizations worldwide and between all those who take part in search and rescue operations at sea”.