Manual on Chemical Pollution (Section 2), 2007 Edition IA633E
by IMO - International Maritime Organization
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. Search and Recovery of Packaged Goods Lost at Sea describes the fate of such packages and related options for response, and gives guidelines on how to decide whether the packages should be recovered.