Seventh Pacific Regional Search and Rescue (SAR) Workshop PDF Print E-mail

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The Seventh Pacific Regional Search and Rescue (SAR) Workshop will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand from 22 to 26 May 2017. The workshop is jointly organised by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Pacific Community (SPC) and co-hosted by the Government of New Zealand. Funding is provided by IMO's Integrated Technical Co-operation Programme (ITCP) with additional funding support from the Government of New Zealand.


Workshop agenda

7th SAR workshop outcomes

SAR 7 workshop pictures link



Day 1



Cook Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Kiribati Marshall Islands Nauru
Niue Palau Papua New Guinea
Samoa Solomon Islands Tonga
Tokelau Tuvalu
French SAR updates
AMSA SAR updates
USCG SAR updates
SPC-IMO joint SAR updates Fiji RCC update











IMIS presentation



Day 2


Item 31 History of SAR workshops

Item 32 PACSAR Steering Committee Strategic Plan

Item 33 SAR TAfC update

SAR TAfC status report

SAR TAfC English copy

SAR TAfC French copy

Item 34 NZSAR governance

Item 35 Fiji SAR governance

Item 36 Australian approach to SAR capability

Item 37 Palau SAR governance

Item 38 PIMLaws SAR legislative template

Draft Maritime SAR Bill 2017

Item 39 Asia Pacific SAR Taskforce

Asia Pacific SAR Plan

Item 40 ICAO APSAR Plan

Item 41 Mass rescue operations

Item 42 The cruise ship industry

Item 43 Kordia presentation

Item 44 HF Pacific


Day 3

USCG presentation

RNZAF presentation


Day 4

Item 46 SAR information template

Item 47 Elements of SAR response

Item 48 Joint SAR operations - Solomon Islands/Australia

Item 49 Indonesia Air Asia Flight 8501

Item 50 MEOSAR Programme

Item 51 McMurdo Distress beacons

Item 52 Small Boat Programme - PNG

Item 53 CLS presentation

Item 54 IMRF presentation

Item 55 SAR activities and Technical cooperation: working together


Day 5

Outcomes document



Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:31
Framework for Action on Transport Services PDF Print E-mail


Safe, reliable and sustainable transport depends on governments creating the right enabling environment for the private sector to operate services in an efficient and commercially viable manner, and providing effective safety oversight.


Recent maritime accidents demonstrate failures in adhering to internationally accepted standards for safe and secure services, highlighting the need for more concerted efforts in this regard.


The provision of safe and secure regional transport services is affected by numerous geographical, socio?economic and technical factors, including population mobility, susceptibility to natural disasters and other effects of climate change, national policies and regulations, and international instruments. Additional factors include appropriate vessel/craft operation and maintenance, route profitability, existing petroleum supply (quality and quantity), level of infrastructure, technical capacity, proximity of maintenance facilities, as well as mandatory safety and security auditing services.

FATS aims to enhance the social and economic well?being of people in the Pacific by supporting the efforts of PICTs to work towards ensuring that all their people, at all times, have access to safe, secure and competitive air and sea transport services that are regular, reliable and affordable.


The framework acknowledges that national transport policies and plans are the principal means for achieving improved transport services and promotes a ‘whole?of?sector’ approach, based on the concept of ‘many partners, one team’. This approach recognises that numerous stakeholders contribute to improving transport services in the region and accepts them as equal partners.



Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 16:12
Transport Programme PDF Print E-mail

The Transport Programme became operational on 1 January 2010 under the RIF process. The main objective of the programme is to coordinate developments in the maritime and aviation transport sectors in the Pacific region, focusing on national priorities, including developing transport policies and regulatory frameworks to ensure safe and secure transport services. In this regard, the programme focuses on the following key responsibilities:

  • facilitate leadership, governance, coordination and partnerships;
  • support effective transport policy, and regulatory and legislative frameworks;
  • strengthen transport human resource capacity;
  • enhance transport services to Pacific communities, including rural and remote islands;
  • support effective technical services to ensure safe and secure transport; and
  • monitor and evaluate transport development in the Pacific region.

SPC is the only regional agency dealing with maritime matters in the Pacific region and it is the implementing body for IMO’s Technical Cooperation Division activities. The work of SPC in the aviation sector complements the work of the Pacific Aviation Safety Office. SPC has a major regional role to play in ensuring PICTs comply with international and regional maritime instruments and that there are systems and structures in place to align national frameworks with these ratified requirements.


The SPC Transport Programme also coordinates the implementation of the Framework for Action on Transport Services in collaboration with PICTs, regional maritime associations and development partners. The framework was endorsed by PICT transport ministers in April 2011 in New Caledonia. 


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 15:52