Overview of the Development of the Maritime Search and Rescue System in Croatia

  • Dario Medić University of Split, Faculty of Maritime Studies
  • Anita Gudelj University of Split, Faculty of Maritime Studies
  • Natalija Kavran University of Zagreb, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences
Keywords: search and rescue, accidents, response time, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)


According to the Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea and International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, saving human lives at sea is the duty of all signatory states. This paper analyzes and gives an overview of previous research activities in search and rescue system at sea and how the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) can improve search and rescue actions at sea. Research activities include development of the search system and placement of resources that are used in search and rescue actions (ships, planes etc.). Previous research is mainly related to minimizing response time when accidents at sea are detected in relation to search and rescue missions. Implementation of unmanned aerial vehicles into the search and rescue system enables improvement of these actions due to earlier detection and verification of accidents at sea and prevents unnecessary search and rescue units engagement in cases when an accident did not occur. The results of previous research point to the fact that future research should aim to explore the synthesis of unmanned aerial vehicles with the existing search and rescue system at sea in Croatia.

Author Biographies

Dario Medić, University of Split, Faculty of Maritime Studies

Nautical engineering department,

Assistant, Master´s degree 


Anita Gudelj, University of Split, Faculty of Maritime Studies

Chair of general subject,

Associate Professor, PhD 

Natalija Kavran, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences

Department of Water Transport, Chair of Water Transport Engineering

Full Professor, PhD


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How to Cite
Medić D, Gudelj A, Kavran N. Overview of the Development of the Maritime Search and Rescue System in Croatia. Promet - Traffic & Transportation [Internet]. 19Apr.2019 [cited 27May2019];31(2):205-12. Available from: https://traffic.fpz.hr/index.php/PROMTT/article/view/2895