IMO Manual on Chemical Pollution: Section 2 Search and Recovery of Packaged Goods Lost at Sea 2007 Edition IA633E
Section 2 of the Manual on Chemical Pollution deals with all forms of packaged goods lost at sea - containers, gerry cans, gas cylinders, etc, describing search and recovery techniques and giving guidelines for decision making.
Priority should be given to all measures that can reasonably be taken to avoid the loss overboard of packages containing dangerous goods and harmful substances. However, the possibility of such loss can never be totally excluded .
The Search and Rescue of Packaged Goods Lost at Sea Manual describes the fate of such packages and related options for response, and gives guidelines on how to decide whether the packages should be recovered.