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

IMRF Awards 2021 - The Final Results

The IMRF Awards 2021 was announced on YouTube on 14 September 2021. Rewatch "The IMRF Awards 2021 - The Final Results" here.


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

  • 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

  • European Regional Meeting 2021 – Webinar - 14 October 2021

    The IMRF is pleased to announce that our annual European Regional Meeting will be held on 14 October 2021. Read more

  • Working with Volunteers - Webinar - 19 October 2021

    The IMRF is pleased to announce our upcoming Working with Volunteers Webinar, which will be held on the 19 October 2021 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (British Summer Time (BST)). Read more

  • International Mass Rescue Conference (G5) - 12-14 June 2022

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

Latest news

  • The Sun Glory Marine Company Sponsor the IMRF Team Award

    The IMRF Awards were established six years ago to recognise search and rescue (SAR) professionals around the world for their outstanding actions, skills, expertise and commitment or an innovation/technology that transforms SAR activities. Read more

  • The IMRF Awards 2021 Winners Announced

    Winners from SAR organisations all around the world are recognised and applauded ….and the IMRF People’s Award is launched Read more

  • HamiltonJet Sponsors #WomeninSAR Award

    IMRF Associate Member HamiltonJet is sponsoring this year’s IMRF #WomeninSAR Award. The IMRF Awards are in their 6th year and are internationally recognised and highly regarded by the maritime search and rescue (SAR) community worldwide. Read more

  • The IMRF Awards 2021 Shortlist Is Revealed

    The judges for the 6th IMRF Awards have finished reviewing all the submissions and have announced this years’ award finalists. Read more


  • Blog: John Leech, CEO, Water Safety Ireland

    This month we talk to IMRF Member John Leech, CEO, Water Safety Ireland. John describes himself as a hydrophile, a drowning prevention advocate and a lover of aquatic sports and pursuits. Read more

  • 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