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 produced COVID-19 operational guidance for SAR organisations and is now producing a pandemic training manual and a range of online resources.


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.


Author: Wendy Webster

Our Impact


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


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

  • #WomenInSAR Webinar - 11 January 2021

    Our #WomenInSAR Webinar on 11 January 2021 - 14:00- 15:00 GMT - will discuss the next phase of the IMRF #WomenInSAR project and provide an opportunity for participants to share experiences and ask questions. Read more

  • IMRF Awards 2021 – 14 September 2021

    Nominations are already open, so read what the Chair of the Judging Panel has to say about what they are looking for in Awards ... Read more

  • International Mass Rescue Conference (G5)

    The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is delighted to announce our latest International Mass Rescue Conference (G5), to be held on 17-19 October 2021 in Gothenburg, Sweden.. Read more

Latest news

  • And a Happy and Healthy 2021

    Season's Greetings and a Happy and Healthy 2021. The IMRF Secretariat and Bookshop will be closed, from 19 December 2020 – 3 January 2021 inclusive. Read more

  • DGzRS Boat Given to Georgia Maritime Transport Agency

    The IMRF brings the world's maritime search and rescue organisations together in one global - and growing – family.  Our members share their lifesaving ideas, technologies and experiences and freely cooperate with one another all with the aim of improving maritime SAR capability worldwide. Read more

  • IMRF’s Chinese Members Continue to Save Lives During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    All around the world, search and rescue operations are being affected by the introduction of significant travel restrictions, the challenge of socially distanced operations and dramatically enhanced health and safety procedures as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

  • Calling All Women (and Men) in SAR!

    Survey launched to assess gender balance, IMRF calls for all those working in maritime SAR to take part … Read more