Improving Maritime SAR Capability Worldwide

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


The IMRF is proud to launch its #SARyouOK? initiative in order to increase awareness and break down the stigma that is attached to mental health and wellbeing issues faced by those working in the maritime SAR sector.


Author: Tom Scott

IMRF Forward Look webinar highlights ambitious plans for 2023

The IMRF shared its exciting plans for the next 12 months in its most recent webinar.


Author: Tom Scott

The IMRF #WomenInSAR Initiative

The #WomenInSAR initiative aims to increase the representation of women in the maritime sector generally and to provide support for, and raise the profile of, women in the maritime SAR sector specifically.


Author: Wendy Webster

Our Impact


IMRF Members The IMRF has 121 Members from 53 countries (2021)


Crew Members Over 519 Crew Members have participated and trained in the European Lifeboat Crew Exchange since 2012


x 100 Visits The MRO Pages, including the MRO Resources Library, had in total 20,302  visits in the whole of 2021


x 10 1216 people registered for our Webinars in 2021

Upcoming events

  • #WomenInSAR Seminars

    In collaboration with the IMO, we will be holding two #WomenInSAR Seminars in Africa in 2023. The first seminar will take place in Rabat, Morocco, in February 2023. The second seminar will take place in Mombasa, Kenya, in April 2023. Both seminars are by invitation only. Read more

  • #SARyouOK? Online Workshop

    As part of our #SARyouOK? initiative, we will be hosting an online workshop in April 2023. Further details including the programme and how to register for this online workshop will be announced in January 2023, so please check back then.  Read more

  • WMRC 2023 - Registration Open

    The fifth World Maritime Rescue Congress will be held from 18–20 June 2023 in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The Congress theme is: "Towards Sustainable Maritime SAR – Building on our History to Secure our Future." Read more

  • IMRF Quadrennial General Meeting 2023

    The IMRF's Quadrennial General Meeting will be taking place following the 2023 World Maritime Rescue Congress in Rotterdam in June. The meeting is open to all Members. Read more

  • European Lifeboat Crew Exchange 2023

    The European Lifeboat Crew Exchange Programme is going live again! The IMRF member-only event will enable crew members to share ideas and experiences amongst their fellow maritime SAR organisations to improve capabilities and operational best practices. Read more

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