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The Maritime Search and Rescue Service (SAR Service) is a state owned budget unit subordinated to the competent Minister for Maritime Economy. The SAR Service was established on January 1, 2002 year. The law fundamentals of SAR Service activity are established by:
  • Safety at Sea Act, issued on August 18, 2011 (Polish Official Journal of 2011, No. 228, item 1368 - with later changes)
  • Sea pollutions prevent Act, issued on March 16 , 1995 (Polish Official Journal of 1995, No. 47, item 243 - with later changes)
  • Regulation of the Minister of Transportation, Building Industry and Maritime Affairs, issued on June 22, 2012 on the detailed organization of the Maritime Search and Rescue Service (Polish Official Journal of 2012, item 733)
  • Regulation of Ministers Council issued on April 8 2013, on detailed conditions and manner of performing the tasks of searching and saving life at sea by the Maritime Search and Rescue Service, and the method of exercising the rights of members of volunteer rescue teams (Polish Official Journal of 2013, Pos. 552)
  • Regulation of Ministers Council, in matter of organization and procedures for maritime dangers and pollution combating, issued on December 3, 2002 (Polish Official Journal of 2002, No. 239, item 2026 - with later changes)
  • Regulation of Ministers Council, in matter of radio monitoring and metheorological guard for Maritime Search and Rescue Service, issued on July 3, 2012 (Polish Official Journal of 2012, item 821)

Affirmation performance the tasks involving search and rescue of human life at the sea and the tasks related to combating sea pollution, results from International Conventions which Part is Poland:

  • International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue established in Hamburg on April 27, 1979 (SAR Convention)
  • The Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area established in Helsinki on April 9, 1992 (The Helsinki Convention)
  • International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation, established in London on November 30, 1990 (OPRC Convention)
  • Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances, established in London on March 15, 2000 (OPRC-HNS Protocol)