The Caribbean Sea is a place of contrasts: a variety of beautiful islands favoured by the sun, but sometimes swept by hurricanes and rocked by earthquakes too.
The people of the often tiny island States in the region are good at dealing with what nature throws at them, and they make part of their living from the tourists who come to sample island life. Many of those tourists come in cruise ships.
September 23, 2015, the 10th Session of Members of Congress of China Institute of Navigation Rescue & Salvage Professional Committee and Academic Communication Meeting were held in Beihai City, China.
Chairman of China Institute of Navigation, Mr Zuyuan Xu, attended the congress and delivered a speech, Deputy Director of the Committee, Mr Haoquan Zhao, presided the congress, which had over 180 delegates from more than 100 member units of China Institute of Navigation Rescue & Salvage Professional Committee attended.
Mass Rescue Operations, the safety of fisherman and learning from other SAR organisations were all topics discussed and debated when the 5 SAR regional groups in Africa came together in Casablanca last week. The meeting was the 1st Africa Regional SAR Coordinator Meeting and was convened with the support of the IMO technical cooperation committee, hosted by Department of Fisheries, Morocco.
Key Maritime SAR Representatives from Nigeria, Liberia, South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal and Ghana met for two days to identify how the regions can work together to improve maritime SAR across the continent.
The IMRF was in Singapore last month providing a regional Mass Rescue Operations workshop as part of the MPA Singapore Safety@Sea Week 2015.
A recent released report by IMRF in partnership with the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association “Ferry Accidents: The Challenge of Rescue” identified nearly 17,000 fatalities in ferry accidents between 2000-2015 with the Asia Pacific Region accounting for almost half of these.
London, Thursday, 17th September 2015. Rescue volunteers from across 13 European nations are to participate next week in the fourth, seven day Lifeboat Crew Exchange Programme organised by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF)
They will share experiences and knowledge with the aim of improving Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) responses and help to prevent loss of life in Europe's waters.
In 2014 the nine host countries recorded over 80,000 calls for help and assisted more than 50,000 people in trouble on the water. The volunteer crews involved, collectively commit thousands of hours of their time every year to serving their communities to keep those going out on the water safe.