Having been established in 1924 as the "International Lifeboat Federation" (ILF), the new International Maritime Rescue Federation was incorporated in 2003. As a world-wide charitable body, we continue and strengthen ILF's mission to unite the world's maritime rescue organisations for our common humanitarian purpose:
"Preventing loss of life in the world's waters."
Over 80 Years of Achievement
Since our foundation, member organisations have worked in unity to overcome many common challenges, openly sharing their ideas, developments and experiences for the benefit of all. Much of the life saving technology in common use today is as a direct result of this international cooperation.
Our members have also provided practical start-up assistance and encouragement to newly established and developing organisations which struggle to provide life-saving services in the world's poorer regions.
Our International Position
As the representative body of the world's maritime rescue services, we hold consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) - the United Nation's specialised inter-govermental agency for maritime affairs.
In 1999, the IMO awarded us the prestigious "International Maritime Prize" for our humanitarian work in saving lives around the world.
We are an Accredited International Charity
With a history of achievement
Delivering innovative, practical and measureable projects
Working directly with local teams and communities
Supported by the world's maritime rescue expertise