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.

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Author: Wendy Webster

Global SAR Information

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

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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.

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Author: Wendy Webster

Our Impact

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

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x 100 - Visits The MRO Website, including the MRO Resources Library, had in total 29514 visits in the whole of 2018

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IMRF Members The IMRF has 113 Members from 54 countries (2018)

Upcoming events

  • Online SAR Administration and Management – Ghana – 7 to 18 June 2021

    Working in collaboration with the the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the IMRF is piloting a series of online trainings on SAR Administration and Management, based on the IAMSAR manuals. Read more

  • Save the Date - IMRF Fundraising & Communications Skills-Share Webinar – 16 June 2021

    The IMRF is pleased to announce that our biennial Fundraising & Communications Skills-Share will be held virtually on 16 June 2021. Read more

  • IMRF Awards 2021 – 14 September 2021

    We Are Open for IMRF Award Nominations! Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Submit Your Nominations Now … Submit Your IMRF Award Nomination Now!  Read more

  • STOP PRESS - G5 Conference - NEW DATE!

    The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) after careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) ... Read more

Latest news

IMRF Blog

  • 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

  • Coastal Nations Coast Guard Auxiliary

    The Coastal Nations Coast Guard Auxiliary (Western) Inc. (CN-CGA) is a not-for-profit organization established in mid-2018.  The CN-CGA is incorporated as a Society and sponsored by the Federal Government by a contribution agreement with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Read more