Morocco is becoming a hub for maritime Search & Rescue (SAR) training and operations:
Morocco has become a key area for maritime search and rescue (SAR) training and has been designated to host the regional centre covering the sea areas of the countries of Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau.
Next week sees the latest meeting of the regional North and West African maritime SAR development team, where there will be discussion of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s global SAR plan and its implementation in this area.
For SAR purposes Morocco itself covers an area of more than one million square kilometres where fleets of merchant, fishing and sailing vessels operate.
The density of the traffic in the area and the multiple shipping risks led the Moroccan government to establish a national SAR organization to plan and coordinate operations at sea.
Since then, the importance of the Moroccan operation has grown. The Ocean Fisheries Department has been given the responsibility of establishing, developing and maintaining maritime SAR organizations in Morocco…[full story]