Specifically, "Peril at Sea and Salvage" report explains the actions of the Master, from the initial assessment and immediate actions, through to towage or salvage arrangements, as may be necessary.
Moreover, the report explains the importance of prompt notification to relevant parties with onshore support, particularly coastal States and the company.
A section also provides recommendations for a company's shore-based personnel.
The information in the guide focus on the initial response to an incident, implementing the emergency response plan, updates and follow-up actions, and towage and salvage.
This Guide provides clear guidance on best practices for the Master, but should also be read by anyone who might be involved in managing emergency situations on a ship, including shore-based personnel, emergency assistance service providers and training institutions.
Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping commented that
Over the years we have seen a reduction in shipping emergencies and major incidents due to the development of regulations governing the safe operation and management of ships. Crews are regularly trained in emergency response preparedness and the industry has adopted a compliance culture.
He added that an accident has a high impact , and of course they threaten the safety of personnel, ships, the environment and cargo, while commenting that "Whilst it is good news that many seafarers have never experienced an emergency on board a ship, it also means that they can lack the anticipatory knowledge needed to deal with an emergency."