Improving Maritime SAR Capability Worldwide

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


Welcome to WMRC 2019 from Kitack Lim, Secretary General of The International Maritime Organization - 17 June 2019 #WomenInSAR


Author: Wendy Webster

Global SAR Information

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


Author: Wendy Webster

Sharing SAR Information

One of the IMRF’s core functions is to share information of use to the global SAR community.


Author: Wendy Webster

Our Impact


Crew Members Over 494 Crew Members have participated and Trained in the European Crew Exchange from 2012 to 2018


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


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

Upcoming events

  • Basic training on GMDSS and SAR Operations Coordination - 27 to 30 January 2020

    The objective of the training is to train personnel working in Togo on how to receive and evaluate distress alerts and coordinate SAR operations. This Course is Full. Read more

  • On-Scene Coordinators Course (IAMSAR Vol III) - 19 to 21 February 2020

    Working with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), this course focuses on IAMSAR Volume III, providing training on planning and co-ordination of SAR operations to delegates from 3 of the 5 IMO Africa SAR regions. This Course is Full. Read more

  • IMRF Awards 2020

    The IMRF Awards 2020 Ceremony will be held at the HQS Wellington - Victoria Embankment, London, WC2 on the 7th October 2020. Read more

  • The European Regional Development Meeting: 14-15 October 2020 in Reykjavík, Iceland

    The European Regional Development Meeting 2020 is from 14-15 October 2020 in Reykjavík, Iceland. Read more

Latest news

  • The IMRF European Regional Meeting 2019- Dubrovnik, Croatia

    In October delegates from IMRF member organisations across Europe attended the annual European Regional Development Meeting. This year it was hosted by the Ministry of the Sea, Transport & Infrastructure - Maritime Safety Directorate, Croatia and held at the Valamar Lacroma hotel in Dubrovnik on the 15th October 2019. Read more

  • IMRF Holds First All-Women SAR Training to Address Gender Imbalance

    As part of its ongoing #WomenInSAR initiative and supporting the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) theme of empowering women, the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has held its first all-women maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) training in Morocco. Read more

  • IMRF Delivers Tailored Training to Boost Maritime SAR Capabilities Across Africa

    The International Maritime Rescue Federation has held a basic rescue boat operating course, in conjunction with the RNLI, specifically tailored and structured for maritime SAR (search and rescue) professionals from Africa.  The teaching is designed to be a ‘train the trainer’ course, so the participants will return home and share the learnings with their organisations and colleagues. Read more

  • Lifeboat Crews Across Europe Swap Places

    IMRF holds its 8th annual European Lifeboat Crew Exchange, where crew members swap places to learn about different equipment and gain experience in new locations The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has successfully held its eighth European Lifeboat Crew Exchange Programme, with 72 maritime search and rescue (SAR) professionals from 14 countries across Europe taking part. Read more