Getting Started

Welcome to learn about HNS in SAR operations at sea!

ChemSAR presents operational plan (OP) and standard operational procedures (SOPs), learning materials, chemical data portal, simulation game, and other supporting links on hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) incidents at sea.

ChemSAR OP, SOPs and eLearning materials are supplementary to already existing SAR materials, e.g., national guidelines, SAR education and training as well as the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual by the International Maritime Organization. ChemSAR in aimed at rescue, maritime and environmental authorities, RCCs, vessels, shipping companies and seafarers, rescue units and SAR training and maritime academies within the Baltic Sea Region.


PretestTest your knowledge and awareness on HNS
eLearning MaterialseLearning materials on HNS SAR operations at sea under seven sub-units + quizzes at the end of each unit
Chemical Data PortalChemical data portal helps you to find relevant information when assessing HNS incidents. It includes for example easy-to-use and thorough databanks and contact information of HNS experts. You can also find the SOPs, background information on relevant regulation and research.
ChemSAR ProceduresOperational Plan (OP) - Operation model providing general overview of the rescue operation procedures and rescue system in an HNS incident & Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs) - supporting all actors in maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) operation on Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) incident to perform a successful and safe rescue operation

You can choose between sections for Authorities or Shipping Companies/Seafarers in eLearning materials and pretest.

Large-scale maritime incidents in the Baltic Sea Region call for efficient international cooperation. ChemSAR helps to build up common procedures and knowhow, shared understanding and awareness of the situation between all parties involved in search and rescue (SAR) operations at sea.