The IMRF was recently made aware of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) a new organisation made up of a group of humanitarians, security professionals, medical staff and experienced maritime operators who have combined resources to help prevent tragedies at sea in the Mediterranean.
25 September 2014 is World Maritime Day.
The IMO's theme for World Maritime Day this year is the effective implementation of the IMO Conventions - making the rules agreed internationally work better in practice.
Andrew Ingram, of NSRI South Africa, writes:
At Hout Bay, a few kilometres from Cape Town on the southern tip of Africa, expired flares are regularly fired, instead of being handed in to the Police as is required by South African law.
Over New Year's Eve and other holidays, it is common for everything from pencil flares to 1000ft distress rockets to be fired on the coast ... and sometimes even from vessels at sea.