Improving Maritime SAR Capability Worldwide

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) brings the world's maritime SAR organisations together.

COVID-19 & Pandemic Response

The IMRF has now developed a guidance manual that could be used as the basis for planning and delivering maritime SAR services in pandemics.


Author: Wendy Webster

Global SAR Information

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) supports and facilitates global SAR development.


Author: Wendy Webster

#WomenInSAR Initiative

Women are hugely under-represented in the maritime sector. The IMRF is working to raise the profile and increase the representation of women in maritime SAR. Our #WomenInSAR initiative is moving into its next phase this year. We have now launched our #WomenInSAR Report.


Author: Wendy Webster

Our Impact


Crew Members Over 519 Crew Members have participated and Trained in the European Crew Exchange from 2012 to 2019


Colleagues of IMRF Member Organisations 259 Colleagues of IMRF Member Organisations have participated at the Lifeboat Crew Exchange 2020 – Webinar Sessions


x 100 - Visits The MRO Pages, including the MRO Resources Library, had in total 19189 visits in the whole of 2020


IMRF Members The IMRF has 115 Members from 50 countries (2020)

Upcoming events

  • IMRF Awards 2021 – 14 September 2021

    The IMRF Awards are in their 6th year and are internationally recognised and highly regarded by the maritime SAR community worldwide. Read more

  • Lifeboat Crew Exchange 2021 - Webinars - 22 & 23 September 2021

    This year, the Lifeboat Crew Exchange will once again have to be virtual.  Read more

  • A New Initiative for World Maritime Day – 30 September 2021

    The IMO Secretary General, Mr Kitack Lim, has announced a new initiative to mark the World Maritime theme each year, beginning with the theme for 2021, "Seafarers: at the core of shippingʹs future.” Read more

  • STOP PRESS - G5 Conference - NEW DATE!

    In the light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF), in consultation with ... Read more

Latest news


  • The IMRF Blog: Introducing Cia Sjöstedt

    Cia Sjöstedt is an IMRF Trustee and the CEO of Sjöräddningssällskapets, the Swedish Sea Rescue Society. Read more

  • Blog: Understanding and Preparing for MRO’s with Tom Gorgol

    A Mass Rescue Operation is a low probability, high consequence disaster that can result in significant loss of life.  An MRO incident is both challenging and complex, because it’s likely to involve multi-agency coordination, limited available resources and very large numbers of people needing to be rescued. Read more

  • Blog: A View from the IMRF Chair, Dean Lawrence

    It does not seem like 18 months since we meet at the World Maritime Rescue Congress  and Quadrennial General Meeting in Vancouver, where we were able to hear some excellent presentations, share our experiences and enjoy socialising with each other. Read more

  • In this month’s SAR HUB, we have interviewed Mike Purchase ...

    In this month’s SAR HUB, we have interviewed Mike Purchase, President of Coastguard New Zealand, asking him about his career and the organisation he manages. Read more