During a visit to the rescue vessel “Peter Henry von Koss” stationed at Lesvos in Greece, the Norwegian Minister of Immigration and Integration, Sylvi Listhaug, announced that a further 10 million NOK grant from the Norwegian Government will be given to the Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT). Minister Listhaug also announced an extension of mission of the “Peter Henry von Koss” until December.
In April, Redningsselskapet visited the sea rescue operations in Tangier, Morocco. The aim of the visit was to develop further the relationship between the maritime search and rescue (SAR) operators in Morocco and Redningsselskapet.
The meeting was organized by Mr.Mohammed Drissi from the Ministry of Ocean Fisheries, the coordinator and responsible for SAR organizations in Morocco. The Ministry is the SAR authority for maritime incidents and is responsible for providing maritime SAR service within the Moroccan Maritime Search and Rescue Region.
19th April 2016 - Human Rights at Sea publish new international guidance.
The independent Maritime Human Rights Charity, Human Rights at Sea, published a new independent guidance for volunteer maritime rescuers for their awareness of the potential risks of criminalisation when planning for and facilitating rescues at sea. The free guidance is as equally applicable to NGOs and civil society organisations, as it is to private shipmasters.
The new publication comes against the backdrop of the European Union Agenda on Migration. It reflects work undertaken by the EU Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs including developing safe and legal routes for asylum seekers and refugees into the EU. It additionally reflects concerns recently raised by the European Community Shipowners' Associations that “private shipmasters and NGOs who genuinely assist persons in distress at sea, should not risk punishment for providing search and rescue assistance."
London, Thursday, 14 April 2016. The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is delighted to announce the launch of the Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations Awards, the H.E.R.O. Awards, which will recognise outstanding services to global maritime search and rescue.
The H.E.R.O. Awards have been developed in cooperation with IMRF partner McMurdo, a global leader of emergency readiness and response solutions, and will draw attention to the life-saving work done in maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) across the world. These Awards are focused on recognising not only individuals for courageous rescue missions, but also the support networks and organisations which enable such missions to take place by providing exceptional response and co-ordination as well as technical innovations and development initiatives.
16-17 June 2016 - Varna, Bulgaria
Captain Nick Guerchev, CEO of BULSAR, writes:
The Bulgarian maritime SAR volunteers’ organization BULSAR invites you to a conference entitled “Automated Systems for Maritime Search and Rescue”, which is to be held on 16 & 17 June 2016 in Varna, Bulgaria.
The conference will be held alongside another: “Integrated informational systems in support of coastal zone management”, organized by the “N.Vaptzarov” Naval Academy, Varna.