First maritime mass rescue operations course, involving senior emergency planning officers from around the world, sells out
What’s the worst that can happen at sea? A passenger ferry capsizing? A cruise ship on fire? An airliner ditching? An oil rig explosion? Any incident that requires the rescue of large numbers of people at sea will be immensely challenging – and is likely to be beyond normal response capabilities. What can be done about that? How can we prepare for such events?
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has held a maritime mass rescue operations subject-matter expert course – believed to be the first of its kind – at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 14-16 June 2017.
The event attracted 40 senior personnel with emergency planning responsibilities from a total of 18 countries: Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Iceland, Malaysia, the Maldives, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Uruguay and the USA.
The International Maritime Rescue Federation celebrate the IMO's Day of the Seafarer, with a commitment to continue our work in helping develop maritime search and rescue coordination and response around the world.
We want to see a maritime environment, where all those who find themselves in distress in the water, can be saved.
Show your support and appreciation for seafarers by using #seafarersmatter on your relevant social media posts.
Two supporters of the IMRF, Keith and Jenny Esdon, are swimming The Cross Continental Swim, a 4 mile open water swim from Asia to Europe in Istanbul, Turkey, in aid of the IMRF this summer.
Here is their story, told by Keith: "Jenny and I started open water swimming only 2 years ago, and this will be our biggest challenge yet. We have been training in lakes in the UK, but never out in deep water. The Cross Continental Swim is around 4 miles from Asia, under the Sultan Selim bridge, then across to the European bank just north of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge."
Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, World Maritime University, delivers keynote speech:
More must be done to emphasise the importance of maritime mass rescue operation planning and to fill global gaps in search and rescue (SAR) response capability. This was Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry’s message to delegates at the opening of the 4th International Maritime Mass Rescue Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, last week.
Dr Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University, told delegates that learning from experience and exchanging views among SAR practitioners are essential. Recent experience in the Mediterranean has shown the need for mass rescue capability and preparedness. Increasing vessel traffic in Arctic waters highlights the need to improve currently inadequate SAR resources for such a challenging environment. And the need for all levels of SAR capability in the developing world continues to outpace resources.
As Boat Carrying Approximately 750 People Partially Capsizes in the Mediterranean
The 24th May 2017 saw one of MOAS’ most tragic rescues to date. Overcrowding and sea swell tipped hundreds into the water during a rescue yesterday.
31 bodies were recovered to MOAS vessel Phoenix alongside 604 survivors, one of whom has since died on board despite our medical crew’s desperate efforts to save him. Several survivors are still in critical condition, including a 6-month pregnant woman who is being monitored for pregnancy related complications following the stress of losing her young son yesterday.
The MOAS aircraft began spotting vessels in distress in the early morning of Wednesday and the Phoenix’s RHIBS (rubber hulled inflatable boats) were soon after deployed to begin the first rescue.
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