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Prof. Tomasz Neumann

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The Role of Rescue Services in the Structures of the Maritime Transport Safety Systems in Poland
1 Gdynia Maritime University, Gdynia, Poland
ABSTRACT: The paper is based on the activities of the Maritime Search and Rescue Service units in Poland. The information and data contained in the article were obtained through an interview with the rescuers of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Gdynia. The analysis aims to illustrate the impact of the activities of SAR units in the structures of maritime transport security systems in the Polish SAR zone of responsibility. In addition, the organizational structures and equipment of the rescue units were neatly described. The results of the analysed accidents at sea in terms of presenting similar events in the future are also included in this paper.
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Citation note:
Mielniczek K., Rutkowski G., Ratajczak J., Wieczorek M.: The Role of Rescue Services in the Structures of the Maritime Transport Safety Systems in Poland. TransNav, the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, Vol. 18, No. 2, doi:10.12716/1001.18.02.09, pp. 331-337, 2024
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