National Co-ordinator of Maritime Search and Rescue Activities
The Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 830 of November 16, 2016 approved the Provision on the Co-ordinating Committee on the Maritime Search and Rescue (hereinafter - the Co-ordinating Committee), the main purpose of which is to ensure co-ordination of central and local executive authorities, enterprises, institutions and organizations on issues connected with the functioning and development of the National Search and Rescue System at Sea in the maritime search and rescue region of Ukraine. The Minister of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine was appointed as the Head of the Committee.
The Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 227 of March 6, 2022 approved the Provision on the National Search and Rescue System at Sea (hereinafter – the National System), which regulates the implementation of appropriate and effective measures on the vessel traffic monitoring from shore, organizing of communication and co-ordination of actions in the maritime search and rescue region of Ukraine related to the assistance to people in distress at sea, as well as well as the participation in the aeronautical search and rescue within the flight information regions of Ukraine in the waters of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Pursuant to the paragraph 6 of the abovementioned Provision, the Ministry is the National Co-ordinator of maritime search and rescue activities and is responsible for the establishment and development of the National System.
The functions of the Ministry as the National Co-ordinator, in particular, are:
- informing of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the States Parties to the Agreement on Cooperation regarding Maritime Search and Rescue Services among Black Sea Coastal States, 1998 on the activities of the National System in accordance with international agreements;
- informing the public on the activities of the National System.
The mentioned normative and legal acts on maritime search and rescue can be found below: